Why Russia's Soft Internet Censorship Will Fail

The Russian government is trying to censor blogs by imposing media laws on them. This will not work because services are already moving to protect users.
Russia's latest bid to restrict the Internet will probably fail. Photographer: Denis Sinyakov/AFP via Getty Images

An outright ban on Twitter, such as the one that Turkey recently imposed and quickly lifted, can be embarrassing: A prime minister may end up suing his own country in the aftermath, having achieved little. So Russia, as intent as Turkey on stifling dissent on the Internet, is trying a more underhanded approach. It is trying to equate popular bloggers with media and thus impose tighter controls on them.

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