Slate: It Looks Like Russia Is Bringing Its State-Owned Telecom Provider Into Its National Security Apparatus

Slate: It Looks Like Russia Is Bringing Its State-Owned Telecom Provider Into Its National Security Apparatus. “Putin has for at least a decade viewed the internet as a threat to regime security. Now, Russia’s national defense conglomerate Rostec is reportedly looking to take over significant ownership of Rostelecom, Russia’s state-owned telecommunications provider. Rostec argued that it works in similar areas as Rostelecom and that foreign sanctions on Russia necessitate more coordination between the state and domestic industry. This represents another step in Putin’s growing securitization of the internet—that is, bringing telecommunications and internet sectors further under the arm of the national security apparatus.”

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