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The oppression of the Internet is global

The Western media have been predictably uniform and hypocritical in their outcry over Russia’s string of new Internet compliance regulations and legislation.

Unsurprisingly, there is much more to the story than they have been telling.

“Russian Internet Law Could Threaten Security Of Americans’ Personal Data” warns the American publication Free Beacon, neatly side-stepping the fact that the American government has been collecting the personal data of citizens all over the globe and, illegally, their own domestic citizenry in a wholesale fashion for donkey’s years.

Equally adamant in implying that Russia are doing something unprecedented and nefarious, is the ex-Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg News Service.

This Bloomberg article claims that Russia has passed “about 20” such laws, yet the claim is not sourced, and in another such article, their own time-line of recent changes to Russia’s Internet and communications laws chronicles less than half that many.

Regardless of the exact number, the legal themes that Bloomberg do list are almost mirror images of those which comprise the overarching regulatory environment that has been constructed in a similarly piecemeal fashion by many Western governments.