Russian Military Says Nyet to the Internet
In order to prevent soldiers from inadvertently revealing Russia’s involvement in secretive military campaigns, such as those that were carried out four years ago in Ukraine in support of pro-Russian separatists, a new law in Russia makes it illegal for troops to post photographs, videos and geolocation data online.
However, experts doubt that the legislation will have a significant effect, as Russian soldiers are very active on the Internet and may look for ways to get around the law, such as carrying a second phone that they keep hidden from their commanders. As Kirill Mikhailov of the Conflict Intelligence Team explains: “Russian soldiers are millennials for the most part. They love social media. They aren’t going to give it up entirely.”
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