From Instagram to Paypal, Russia’s internet is being dismantled as a digital iron curtain descends.
On February 24 in Moscow, when social media was full of the news that Russia had broken its promise and invaded Ukraine overnight, Oleg Shakirov noticed that Facebook wasn’t loading properly.
“First they started slowing down Facebook,” the internet security expert said.
“Then after a week, they blocked it completely.”
Until recently, Russia’s internet looked, at least on the surface, something like Australia’s: Russians posted videos on Instagram and TikTok, paid for Netflix and Spotify with PayPal, advertised their business on Facebook, sold goods on Etsy, and used Microsoft Office at work.
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