JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia Presses Case for Greater Control Over Its Internet” – AP

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“… Kremlin spokesman [Peskov] said … reports that the U.S. military carried out a cyberattack in Russia ahead of the U.S. midterm elections proves that the country needs to create its own, self-controlled segment of the internet. Russia’s parliament this month passed the first reading of a bill that proposes all internet traffic be routed through servers in Russia. Opponents fear the measure would lead to widespread censorship. … Peskov was reacting … to a recent [Washington Post] report … quot[ing] unnamed U.S. officials … [indicating] that the U.S. military remotely blocked internet access to a Russian ‘troll farm’ …. [s]everal employees of [which] … have been indicted in the United States. …”

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