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Internet Freedom In Russia Is Officially Dead

•, Jeff Stone

The Russian Duma (the national legislature) passed the bill upon its first reading earlier this month.

Putin's signature on the law now means that popular U.S.-based companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook will need to establish data centers in Russia no later than September 2016 if they want to continue operating there legally.

The NSA leaks divulged by Edward Snowden revealed that international citizens who use American social networks are unwittingly spied upon because, as Facebook's servers are located in the U.S., for instance, the NSA can legally compel the company to turn over any necessary information.

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