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Russian Video Piracy Finances Terrorism – Minister

Russia’s huge illegal software and music market is financing terrorism, Russia’s science minister said Friday. Market stalls and kiosks across Russia sell pirated software, compact discs and videos — often selling films long before they open in Russian cinemas. Industry estimates say around three-quarters of the Russian market is illegal. “In buying a pirated disc, a person is not only breaking the law of property and is financing not only crooks,” Science Minister Andrei Fursenko told President Vladimir Putin. He is financing “via the back door the economy which leads to terrorism.” Last year, more than 300 people were killed in Russia in suicide bombings that the Kremlin blamed on Chechen separatists it sees as a part of an international terror network and allies of al Qaeda. Full Story

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