High stakes dating
“After a week or two of this, the Kremlin might come to a view that it’s taken all the heat its possible to muster,” he said.
“At that point, nothing is stopping it moving against Facebook”.
In 2015, a new law was passed forcing foreign tech companies to move Russian data to servers inside Russia. Kremlin hardliners have meanwhile made little secret of ongoing work to build an analogue to the Great Chinese Firewall.
The Chinese model is now one of three scenarios under consideration, said independent observer Konstantin Gaaze.
“The security council met on Thursday, and it appears no major decision has been taken,” Mr Gaaze told .
“Things are likely to continue as they are until the inauguration in May – then it is anyone’s guess” Others are less sure that Russia can make a firewall work.
The Kremlin faced an embarrassing reality that the internet was stronger than its heaviest fist.
But for many, the fear is that sharper impacts will now follow.
“We will finish our compliance checks by the end of this year,” he told the pro-Kremlin newspaper. then obviously the question of blocking arises.” For Mr Soldatov, last week’s technical failure might be interpreted as political success.Once a largely free space, the Russian internet has been increasingly subjected to regulation and censorship. Now, the decision of a remote Siberian village court is enough for a site to be struck off completely.Such, for example, was the fate that befell the country’s leading LGBT website, gay.ru, earlier this year – and any number of dating and porn sites the year before.“It isn’t workable right now, as we don’t have the technology to deal with the data involved,” said Andrei Soldatov, author of “There were high level meetings, but it seems the regulators have refused to accept Chinese help,” he said.Up until ill now, the Russian system has muddled through with a system of fear and selective punishment.