The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries

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The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries tells the fascinating story of Russia’s communications systems and how they can be manipulated by Russia’s authoritarian regime to suppress dissent. The authors, journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, chart the course and evolution of Russia’s communications technology from how it was adopted in the Soviet times to the present days. The authors argue that modern communications systems such as social media are used by both the government to monitor the oppositions as well those who oppose the almost dictatorial regime led by the former KGB officer Vladimir Putin.

I felt an instant connection to The Red Web. With me having immigrated to America from the former Soviet Union, most of what Soldatov and Borogan write about is known to me either from my family’s experience from them having lived most of their lives in the USSR or by me keeping up with the latest developments from Russia and its neighbors from the Russian internet (gasp!). The book’s setting is lively. It is as if I am right there in the middle of it all, whether in Putin’s cabinet reading and voting on a new bill that is ostensibly in the best interests of the people, or as a protester at Bolotnaya Square, taking to the streets and demanding the end to the brutal Putin regime.

I would highly recommend The Red Web to anybody who keeps up with current events. It is highly important to know what goes on in other countries, particularly a major economic, political, and military world player like Russia.


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Author Andrei Soldatov, Irina Borogan
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher PublicAffairs
Publish Date 2015-Sep-08
ISBN 9781610395731
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Issue February 2016
Category Current Events & Politics
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