Kremlin tightens control over Russians’ online lives – threatening domestic freedoms and the global internet

Russia has pioneered the concept of digital sovereignty and used it to severely restrict Russians’ access to the internet. NurPhoto via Getty Images Courtesy of Stanislav Budnitsky, Indiana University Since the start of Russia’s war on Ukraine in late February 2022, Russian internet users have experienced what has been dubbed the descent of a “ digital iron curtain.

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