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Microsoft's newest partner: Russia's Vladimir Putin

Sep 13, 2010, 11:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"If you stand against Russia's de facto dictatorship you have another enemy besides Prime Minister Vladimir Putin: Microsoft. According to a New York Times report, the Russian government is using a new tactic "for quelling dissent: confiscating computers under the pretext of searching for pirated Microsoft software." Furthermore, the Russian state is doing this with the help of Microsoft's Russian attorneys.

"Microsoft, reports the New York Times, doesn't start these inquiries and only does what they're required to do by Russian law. The dissidents, ranging from environmentalists to journalists, tell a different story. "Without the participation of Microsoft, these criminal cases against human rights defenders and journalists would simply not be able to occur," said Russian newspaper editor Sergey Kurt-Adzhiyev."

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