The Kremlin has been searching for a solution to the Internet problem since 2011.The strategy the Kremlin came up with was based on intimidation rather than technology. Accustomed to dealing with a defined hierarchy, the Kremlin chose to put pressure on companies rather than users. But this approach started losing its edge by the fall of 2015, and 2016 saw a new approach being defined by Russian authorities.
Irina Borogan is a Russian investigative Journalist and deputy editor of agentura.ru. Currently he is a guest at the IWM.
Andrei Soldatov is a Russian investigative journalist specializing in security services as well as an editor of agentura.ru. Currently he is a guest at the IWM.
Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan: The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries, Public Affairs, 2015.