Sunday, September 12, 2010

Above the Law - Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent - NYTimes.com

Troubling but unsurprising developments in Russia

Instead, the group fell victim to one of the authorities’ newest tactics for quelling dissent: confiscating computers under the pretext of searching for pirated Microsoft software.

Across Russia, the security services have carried out dozens of similar raids against outspoken advocacy groups or opposition newspapers in recent years. Security officials say the inquiries reflect their concern about software piracy, which is rampant in Russia. Yet they rarely if ever carry out raids against advocacy groups or news organizations that back the government.

On a related note, this week’s KAL cartoon from The Economist:

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Above the Law - Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent - NYTimes.com

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