8. Chinese Import

By Emily Parker

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev uses a smartphone at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in August 2015. Moscow is trying to bring the internet under its control.

(Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)

Russia has embarked on an ambitious social experiment. Just a few years ago, Russians had a mostly free internet. Now Moscow is looking toward Beijing, trying to imitate the Chinese model of internet control. Yet the Kremlin will likely find that once you give people internet freedom, it isn’t so easy to completely take it away.

I lived in Moscow in 2010, after spending years researching internet ...

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