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InterNYET: A History Of The Russian Internet

Episode 5: From LiveJournal To Trolls: Russia’s Battle For Internet ‘Sovereignty’
The Seattle-based LiveJournal in the early 2000s became Russia’s main megaphone for freedom of speech, a way for Russians to debate their homeland’s present and float ideas for the future. In response, the Russian government moved in with Internet restrictions, often in the name of defending public morality. As the Kremlin sought to become an Internet force itself, troll factories were born. And a new idea took hold: divorcing Russia from the outside online world.