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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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primm49 April 24 2014 at 10:54 PM

Welcome to conspiracy world Putin.

Paranoia anyone?
Who's in charge of fear-mongering this week? Time for Stalin impersonations?

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Tom and Peggy primm49 April 24 2014 at 11:50 PM

I think little spoiled brat Mr. Putin is more closely lined up with Hitler than he is with Stalin! Having his thugs ask Jews to register themselves and the property! And they said it could never happen again! BS!

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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

COOLER HEADS WILL PREVAIL! HOT HEADS END WITH LEAD.

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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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JERRY April 24 2014 at 6:30 PM

Putin is hung up on flexing muscle he doesn't have. If this Dictator makes the sorry mistake of underminding the abilities the U.S.A. has in lieu of defense,it will prove to be Russias sorryest day.
Russia is no doubt a powerful country ,however Putin best recognize the Big Russian Bear can and will be put down by a much more powerful and devoted country if he gets stupid.

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Pig Fat JERRY April 24 2014 at 6:59 PM

SPOKEN LIKE A REAL AMERICAN PATRIOT. BUT WHAT ABOUT OBAMA DOWNSIZING OUR MILITARY? WASN'T THE UKRAINE A PART OF RUSSIA? IF THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE WANT TO GO BACK TO RUSSIA LET THEM GO. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THAT? ALL THIS IS NOT WORTH ONE AMERICAN TAXPAYER CENT OR THE LIVES OF OUR MILITARY. IF THERE IS A WAR I HOPE YOU ARE THE FIRST TO GO. I AM A VIETNAM VET AND OVER UKRAINE MY THEORY IS "HELL NO I WON'T GO."

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rjoh959287 April 24 2014 at 7:58 PM

Reminds me on Stalin are Gulags next?

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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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user349842 April 24 2014 at 7:55 PM

Putin is desperatley trying to set Russia back 20 (or more) years! When is he going to realize this is a different world from the Soviet era? This is a global economy, not an east vs west economy! The goal is to be sucessful! He can't wrap his head around the notion that a single country can't just take control, either with military, or economical strength, the more he pushes, the more he gets pushed! The Russian people deserve better than this, he needs to go!!!!

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