With unlimited warrent-less surveillance and unchecked governmental power, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is an example of what I fear the United States will become.
I was reminded of this by a couple of recent articles I came across this week—two reviews of a book entitled The Red Web (which I haven’t read myself) and an interview with Edward Snowden on the occasion of him receiving a human rights award.
I’m not sure that “red” is the right adjective. Putin is the heir of the Soviet state but not of the ideology of Communism. I wouldn’t want to live under his government, but I see my own government becoming more Putin-like.
I don’t think the United States government has helped matters by confronting Russian power close to Russia’s borders. This could culminate in another global Cold War, but as a pure struggle for power, minus ideological conflict. Both nations would suffer. The best that could be hoped would be the good fortune to once again avoid nuclear catastrophe.
The Red Web by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan: review – Russia’s attack on Internet freedoms by Luke Harding for The Guardian.
How Putin Controls the Internet and Popular Opinion in Russia by Masha Gessen for The Intercept.
Edward Snowden attacks Russia rights curbs, would prefer to go home by Agence France-Presse via LiveMint.