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Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.

The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists - barred from national television - have used to promote their ideas and organize protests.

Russia's parliament this week passed a law requiring social media websites to keep their servers in Russia and save all information about their users for at least half a year. Also, businessmen close to Putin now control Russia's leading social media network, VKontakte.

Speaking Thursday at a media forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said that the Internet originally was a "CIA project" and "is still developing as such."

To resist that influence, Putin said, Russia needs to "fight for its interests" online.

A Russian blogger complained to Putin that foreign websites and Yandex, the web search engine which is bigger in Russia than Google, are storing information on servers abroad, which could be undermining Russia's security.

In his reply, Putin mentioned unspecified pressure that was exerted on Yandex in its early years and chided the company for its registration in the Netherlands "not only for tax reasons but for other considerations, too."

Although Putin's comments didn't include any specific threats to Yandex, one of Russia's most successful tech companies, its shares plunged by 5 percent at the Nasdaq's opening on Thursday.

Putin Says The Internet Is A 'CIA Project'

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scttdlny April 24 2014 at 2:24 PM

it was said earlier that he opens his mouth and stocks dropped.Dont people realize thats how alot of $$$$$ is made at times.Dont be shocked when you learn that some comments are deliberate to effect the market elswhere.

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Mule scttdlny April 24 2014 at 2:31 PM

that's exactly how really rich people & politicians get richer!

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Venus0678 April 24 2014 at 9:05 PM

I have to say Vladimir Putin, has no jurisidiction in our country to control our internet websites. As being an immigrant to our country he has no right to do so otherwise. Barak Obama has control over that seeing as though he is the United States of America's president, Vladimir Putin can just stuff it for all he is woth.

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fishnhunt1966 April 24 2014 at 9:03 PM


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robinglen April 24 2014 at 8:56 PM

Do yuz think Putin has got da balls to invade when da ho world is lookin ? Frickin A- Tweety !! He's got lead underwear and he don't care if anyone shouts, they better watch for Fall-Out in the Ukraine.

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tdeblaey April 24 2014 at 2:40 PM

More and more, I'm seeing Mr. Putin as suffering from paranoia. "Saving" fellow Russians by taking Crimea and outlandish claims like this are classic examples. Unfortunately, this make him very, very dangerous.

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umatyly37 April 24 2014 at 8:23 PM

Who knows....do you trust our government?

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omacees12 umatyly37 April 24 2014 at 8:30 PM

a big!! NO 11

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cyretired April 24 2014 at 2:58 PM

Networking computers was in fact developed for the U.S. military, true. It is where it got it's origins, just one of many advancements in our lives we take for granted everyday like GPS which was developed for the U.S. military as well and probably is still in control of much of it. The claim that it is a CIA project by our enemy and used as a tool of propaganda by Putin, you can thank your hero and patriot Snowden for that.

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Mr. Ladensack cyretired April 24 2014 at 3:07 PM

I do.

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gary cyretired April 24 2014 at 3:09 PM

I'll bet Snowden is feeding his head, that low life traitor.

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legendofxanadoo April 24 2014 at 2:44 PM

Putin is getting paranoid ...and DANGEROUS !

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Teddy legendofxanadoo April 24 2014 at 2:59 PM

When one begins to think that everyone is after him, then he's right...they are.

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rjoh959287 April 24 2014 at 7:58 PM

Reminds me on Stalin are Gulags next?

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SprintDataSolutions April 24 2014 at 2:44 PM

I do not think his claim is so outrageous. Look at what the goverment has done with the internet. They used it to break into everyones home. Richard Nixon and Agnew were forced out of office for a lot less. Not one thing is done to obama and drunk uncle joe. I guess everyone enjoys no privacy, giving up a third of their pay check in taxes not mention the 20% or more of America that does not even have a job.

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Teddy SprintDataSolutions April 24 2014 at 2:54 PM

You have a point there...and if anyone gets a little too close to the truth, then they are banned from making further comments. Remember Mad Comics Spy VS SPy? No difference except in the color of their clothing.

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