‘They Are Watching’: Inside Russia’s Vast Surveillance State (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘They Are Watching’: Inside Russia’s Vast Surveillance State. “Roughly 800 miles east of Moscow, authorities in the Republic of Bashkortostan, one of Russia’s 85 regions, were busy tabulating the mood of comments in social media messages. They marked down YouTube posts that they said criticized the Russian government. They noted the reaction to a local protest. Then they compiled their findings.”

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