Russia’s Facebook VKontakte, Gmail under Putin threat

Russia’s parliament has purportedly passed enactment that will forbid Western tech firms from working on disappointment to store information inside Russia.

Information Technologies and Protection of Information amendment, which is basically Russia’s anti-terrorism laws say’s that the country needs Russian data handled by the likes of Gmail and Facebook be stored inside the nation with the goal it should be gotten to by state security and intelligence administrations for lawful review according to CNET.

This would mean the Russian government’s surveillance plans to snoop on user data could be facilitated, this has not yet been approved by Russian president Vladimir Putin but when he does it could mean the Russian Federal Security Service would have greater control over the Russian Internet.

Winnipeg Free Press reports Putin has made a move on Russia’s Facebook, scientist Lilia Shevtsova of the Carnegie Moscow Center said that Putin is really suffocating Russia, according to the WFP social media and independent Internet-based news media is also being smothered among signs that discredited old Soviet tactics such as travel restrictions are coming back.

Russian Facebook-like VKontakte site has over 100 million members and is very popular indeed, and founder Pavel Durov handled Kremlin attempts to pressure him up until now. Durov reported that the Russian authorities demanded he give information on anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny as well as protests in Ukraine, and in a blunt nutshell he told the to go away.

Now VKontakte has fallen because Durov was forced out after the complete control of two close allies of Putin. Durov was CEO of VKontakte social media site.

Will the Facebook-like VKontakte generation persist and resist?

Russia’s Facebook, Gmail and VKontakte under Putin threat