Vladimir Putin Restricting Naughty Language And 'Unregistered' Bloggers

from the a-personal-threat dept

I've always kind of known that Vladimir Putin was a bit of a bastard. Between his hypocrisy on government snooping, to his horrific record on matters of artistic and political speech, and his absolute willingness to destabilize his neighborhood in favor of having Russia pick up some territory that didn't belong to it in the form of Georgia and Ukraine. That said, two recent actions by Putin are starting to make me think this guy might just be as bad as everyone says.

The first is what appears to be an entirely childish attempt to stifle supposedly naughty language in the arts.

Any new film containing obscene language won't be granted a distribution certificate, so there's no chance of seeing it at the movie theater. And copies of books, CDs or films containing swearing can only be distributed in a sealed package labeled "Contains obscene language," a Kremlin statement said. According to state news agency ITAR-Tass, individuals caught using foul language face a fine of up to $70, while officials can be fined up to $40 and businesses nearly $1,400. They face a higher fine and a three-month suspension of business for repeated offenses.
As of the time of this writing, it's unclear exactly what will constitute "obscene" language, though the Russian government has helpfully noted that they'll be the ones judging such obscenities with an "independent examination," which is likely to be just as "independent" as you'd suppose. Given the fact that Russia has found the LGBT community in the past to be oh-so icky-icky, you'd have to imagine that language dealing with their community will be on the list, alongside some of the hallmark swear words, like religiously offensive language, f-bombs, and-


"Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!"


Er, thank you, Mr. President. My problem with this should be obvious: I love swearing. Seriously, I use the f-word as a verbal comma. But putting me aside, the idea that a developed nation's leader could think so little of his own people as to make it the state's responsibility to protect their delicate little ears is beyond silly. Restrictions on free speech are one thing, but when you're restricting the only speech that makes logical sense as a reaction to the very restriction on that speech, things have gone recursively wrong. Because if your first reaction to someone telling you that you can't swear any longer isn't "Well, shit," then you have a problem.

But if you thought that Putin was going to get blasted for this motherly move online, you may not know that he also signed into law the requirement for bloggers with even modest readership to register with the government and ban anonymity on their sites, which we were among the first to report about a few weeks back:

Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its once freewheeling Internet, as President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government, a measure that lawyers, Internet pioneers and political activists said Tuesday would give the government a much wider ability to track who said what online.

Widely known as the “bloggers law,” the new Russian measure specifies that any site with more than 3,000 visitors daily will be considered a media outlet akin to a newspaper and be responsible for the accuracy of the information published. Besides registering, bloggers can no longer remain anonymous online, and organizations that provide platforms for their work such as search engines, social networks and other forums must maintain computer records on Russian soil of everything posted over the previous six months.
This is, of course, aimed at chilling speech critical of Putin's Russian government, which currently seems to be attempting to scale back the whole democracy thing and inch closer and closer to the days of the Soviet Union. I don't say that lightly. Russia's restrictions on speech, freedom, persecution of minorities, and a clear aim towards expansion of real territory and cultural influence are something right out of the post World War Two era. This might scare some people, but not me.

Why? Because, just like the recent revolution in Ukraine, this kind of thing doesn't work any longer. And, yes, I realize that there are nations out there that still restrict the internet, speech, and freedoms, but they don't go from democratically free back to repression any longer. That whole thing about the internet being the "Wild West" is true in some ways. Putin will never be able to plug all the holes. He'll never be able to tamp down all the critical speech. And, like the former Ukraine government found before him, he will end up finding that the tighter he grips the internet's throat, the stronger it will fight back. It may not be quick, but it will happen.


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    jameshogg (profile), May 8th, 2014 @ 3:41pm

    Homophobic, repressive, imperialist, dictator supporting, civil-war starting thug.

    I'm sick of the way people make excuses for what he's doing to Ukraine and Syria. He had been threatening Ukraine for the past 10 years.

    And despite all that, Ron Paul a few weeks ago on U.K.'s Channel 4 news claimed that the U.S. was to blame for Ukraine's nightmare. He openly said the U.S. plotted the overthrow of Yanukovych, and that they had a hand in provoking Russia.

    How the fuck is Ukraine any threat to Russia? Nobody has even attempted to answer.

    I often wonder what it would take to snap people out of the America-First-Cause mentality: the mentality they are too cowardly to admit having.

     

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), May 8th, 2014 @ 3:42pm

    You really should have a look at your history before posting stuff like this. While I don't agree with a lot of the crap he's pulled, there is really no good argument to be made that Crimea "does not belong to Russia."

    It was a USSR-era screwup that placed Crimea--a region where the vast majority of citizens are ethnic Russians, not Ukranians, who speak Russian, not Ukranian, and identify with Russian culture, not Ukranian culture--as part of the Ukraine. Imagine if, for some bizarre reason, Montana had spent the last few decades as a part of Canada, and now both the people of Montana and the US government were saying "Montana really should be part of the USA like it always has been."

    Would you condemn that? I wouldn't.

     

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    AricTheRed (profile), May 8th, 2014 @ 3:46pm

    Eureka!

    Vladimir Putin is actually Michael Bloomberg with a younger looking silicone Nanny-Mask on!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2014 @ 3:49pm

    wait until election time and see what restrictions will come in then! the UK will be the same!

     

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    Zauber Paracelsus (profile), May 8th, 2014 @ 4:04pm

    Hold on, isn't Russian supposed to have more obscenities and swear words than any other language on earth?

     

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    John, May 8th, 2014 @ 4:10pm

    Pooftin

    I would be f-cked.

     

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    Anonymous, May 8th, 2014 @ 4:17pm

    Is Wal-Mart running Russia now?

     

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    That One Guy (profile), May 8th, 2014 @ 4:24pm

    'According to state news agency ITAR-Tass, individuals caught using foul language face a fine of up to $70, while officials can be fined up to $40...'

    Well at least they're being honest enough to admit right out the gate that it's meant to be used against the public, not for them.

    Also, I can't help but think the 'obscenity' excuse is just that, an excuse. Given how much they're trying to crack down on any dissenting opinions or 'non-official' reporting, I don't imagine it will be too long before any speech found to be critical of the Russian government, or calling them out on their lies, is also treated as a punishable offense under this law, likely under the reasoning of 'Inciting civil-unrest' or 'Inciting civil-disobedience'.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2014 @ 5:03pm

    Fairy Tales

    Maybe this is how Fairy Tales and novels got started.

    Euphemisms.

    For example......

     

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    Jernau (profile), May 8th, 2014 @ 5:08pm

    @Timothy Geigner

    You owe me a new keyboard for the pic and caption. Bravo, sir, bravo.

     

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    Whatever, May 8th, 2014 @ 5:37pm

    Then there is Snowdon

    Yeah, Putin is all about doing the right thing, right?

    Putin stands up for your rights when nobody else will. Just ask the leaders in the Ukraine!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2014 @ 5:45pm

    So after Eastern Ukraine achieves independence what will it be called ... Putinstan?

     

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    JMT (profile), May 8th, 2014 @ 5:45pm

    Hey Eastern Ukrainians, are you sure this is the government you want ruling you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2014 @ 6:07pm

    Stalin would be impressed.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2014 @ 6:31pm

    Putin - the closet KGB now coming into the open

    Many years ago, a ethnic Russian friend said to me that Putin was never to be trusted as he was fully at heart KGB. Any openness he displayed was simply a mask to rebuild the pre-open USSR that was.

     

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    zip, May 8th, 2014 @ 6:47pm

    Propaganda and Kool Aid

    "Vladimir Putin ... his absolute willingness to destabilize his neighborhood in favor of having Russia pick up some territory that didn't belong to it in the form of Georgia and Ukraine."

    This instability was created largely by the United States policy of flooding billions of dollars of taxpayer money to radical revolutionaries in Russian border states in order to wrench these countries away -- whether by ballot or bullet -- from their traditionally Russian sphere of influence and trading partnerships and into the lap of the US/NATO/IMF control.

    Russian-hating racists were encouraged, nurtured, and financed in Georgia and Ukraine to take power, and it's hardly a surprise that ethnic Russian citizens soon found themselves under attack, both culturally, politically -- and finally militarily -- by ethnocentric-minded rulers who despise the ethnic Russian population living in their country.

    There's also Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko (a relative moderate) and her famous "scorched-earth" comment "It's time to grab guns and kill fucking Russians ... etc..." - which sadly, many people took literally, especially in Odessa a few days ago, accomplished by burning down a large building full of people and then openly bragging about it. (indeed the US corporate media still cling to the storyline that "it's unclear how the fire started" despite the hundreds of online videos that show from many different angles, and in excruciating detail, EXACTLY how the fire started.)

    Doesn't it seem strange that these supposedly "democracy promoting" NGOs would work to overthrow an elected government? And even if they were "playing by the rules" there's no doubt long term damage to the ideals of democracy when a foreign government can just step in and essentially buy an election. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland let slip in a recent CNN interview that the US has spent $5 billion trying to influence Ukraine's elections (presumably not counting the classified CIA and DoD budgets). As well as Nuland's leaked phone call where she recommends Yatsenyuk as the chosen one to assume power in the ongoing coup (which he later does).

    It may come as a shock to some people, Americans especially, that not everyone in the world considers the United States an honorable country, especially in its relationship with other countries, and may even consider Russia as a much lesser evil.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2014 @ 7:25pm

    Whoever wins, Ukraine loses.

     

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    Aaron (profile), May 8th, 2014 @ 7:27pm

    Re: Then there is Snowdon

    I read your comment a few times through, and I still don't understand what Snowden (misspelled) is doing in the title or has to do with anything.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2014 @ 7:30pm

    Right

    "Accuracy" of the information published. Of course. Of course.

    We don't want our "bloggers" to be "inaccurate" do we?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2014 @ 7:32pm

    Re: Propaganda and Kool Aid

    Sup Yurinov, How's much are you paid to spread misinformation online?

     

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    McCrea (profile), May 8th, 2014 @ 8:44pm

    I hate all those swearing motherfuckers. Watch your fucking mouth.

     

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    Whatever, May 8th, 2014 @ 8:48pm

    Re: Re: Then there is Snowdon

    I mention him only because not that long ago everyone around her was lapping up Putin's crap because he clearly was more about freedom than the US. How quickly the worm turns!

    You have to think that SnowdEn is being used by Putin extensively to undermine the US. Want to bet Putin is working the notes abut Ukraine these days?

     

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, May 8th, 2014 @ 8:48pm

    “they don't go from democratically free back to repression any longer”

    Egypt may yet prove us wrong... :(

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2014 @ 12:33am

    At least russia does this only in their close neighborhood
    Unlike a certain other one who keeps funding drug cartels just south of the border, constantly starts wars to "help" people but leave them in even worse state and helps arabian terrorists for whatever reason they will make up this time...

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), May 9th, 2014 @ 4:33am

    Re:

    Give that one time. That said, they were "free" for roughly ten minutes until the new leader turned out to be much like the old leader, and then the military took over to make SURE shit was like it had always been.

    That said, Egyptians in general are too proud and too intelligent to let this go on for much longer....

     

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    Pete Nash, May 9th, 2014 @ 4:37am

    I think most people have completely overlooked what a masterful diplomatic and economic face-slap this new legislation this is to the US.

    Not only does this allow the Russian Government to earn significant revenue from obscenity filled media, but it will eventually have a chilling effect on Russian Television, Radio and Cinema from showing/playing American TV shows, music, and movies - which just happens to be some of the most profanity media produced today - also effectively strangling sales too.

    Whilst the US keeps threatening sanctions against the Russian energy sector, Putin has retaliated by kicking Hollywood in the balls.

     

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    Ninja (profile), May 9th, 2014 @ 4:53am

    Re:

    'tis very simple my esteemed sir. Forestalling such maltreat merely requires a person to speak like a distinguished British gentleman!

    [Note: add strong British accent for better results]

     

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    Ninja (profile), May 9th, 2014 @ 4:56am

    Re: Re:

    I'd say that even if it takes longer there are plenty examples in History that took years to stabilize and then consolidate. But yes, even if there are some perceived regressions things do not revert completely to previous, worse models.

     

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    Dan G Difino, May 9th, 2014 @ 5:11am

    Stars and mother fucking Stripes

    Shit, Damn.. I'm glad I live in a mother-fucking country that welcomes my free fucking speech.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2014 @ 5:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Then there is Snowdon

    Yeah, the US derped by leaving Snowden stranded in Russia instead of stranded in a better place. They should have timed their revocation of Snowden's passport better.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2014 @ 5:20am

    Always baffles me, the whole "obscene" and "offensive" word thing.
    I don't know if people are hyper sensitive, morally judgmental or just retarded.


    I get why you don't call a gay person a "faggot" just for being gay. But I don't see a problem in using the word. We should let it redefine. Not reserve it to be solely a derogatory term for gay people.

    Make sure an "offensive" word is exclusively reserved to cause offense by making it static in meaning forever. WHY?

    Like how Black people, specifically Americans have reclaimed the definition of "nigger" and use it as a different meaning. They don't agree with the definition that some people try to restrict and reserve the word to be.

    Agreeing with the definition and meaning of the "offensive" word and wanting it to stay defined that way is an offensive viewpoint.


    I will give people the benefit of the doubt. Best case: People are fucking idiots.

    Russia can ban "offensive" words. Sugarcoat all their offensive actions with "nice" words etc... The point still remains, context and meaning is far more important than form of articulation.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2014 @ 5:27am

    Re: Propaganda and Kool Aid

    You'll have to dig a little deeper before you accuse America as not being honorable and make it stick. You may be surprised what you find. There are those who know what truth is out there.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), May 9th, 2014 @ 6:06am

    Re: Propaganda and Kool Aid

    This, for anyone who might read it and think that this sounds correct, is a bullshit half-story. Crimea was conquered under Catherine the Great in the late 1700s, after which it remained mostly autonomous until Stalin gobbled it up in the 50s. At that point, there was a concerted effort to influx ethnic Russians into Crimea in order to bring it fully into the Soviet sphere of influence.

    That this annexation through breeding succeeded doesn't make the Crimean region rightfully Russian anymore than the influx of immigrants in south Texas makes south Texas Mexico. Crimea was legally part of Ukraine. Russia annexed it. It's that simple.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2014 @ 6:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Then there is Snowdon

    ...

    You do know that thinking that Snowden has done the world a service, and thinking that Putin is an evil dictator, are not mutually exclusive, right? Snowden being stranded in Russia is an accident of circumstance (brought about by the US, incidentally,) not choice, and his being there doesn't in any way reflect badly upon him OR well on Putin.

     

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    Pragmatic, May 9th, 2014 @ 6:37am

    Re:

    Enter the search term "Black Sea" and "Crimea" into your favorite search engine. Then go and read the Foreign Policy website's articles on the subject. Then educate yourself as much as you can on the subject using non-partisan sources.

     

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    Pragmatic, May 9th, 2014 @ 6:44am

    Re:

    Mmm... not quite, Mason. Imagine Mexico claiming that California, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona are theirs on the basis of ethnic Latinos living there. There already are ethnic Latinos, not Americans, who speak Spanish, not English, and identify with Latino culture, not Anglo-American culture--as part of America.

    Now imagine Mexico getting uppity about it over access to the Gulf of California, perhaps for oil or fishing rights. Which side would you be on?

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), May 9th, 2014 @ 6:46am

    Re: Re:

    Take it a step further and imagine if Mexico was PURPOSEFULLY causing an influx of their citizens in the region specifically to bring it under Mexico's control. THAT'S what Russia did....

     

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    Pragmatic, May 9th, 2014 @ 6:48am

    Re:

    No, the GOP. /snark

    Seriously, Putin is doing what the authoritarians on the right dream of - and he's getting away with it. Russian exceptionalism is driving this, according to FP.

    I'm not sure if he's going to bring the Soviet State back - that would mean abolishing private enterprise, but a new authoritarian police state backed by a "moral majority" convinced he'll make the trains run on time, etc. and take on the "decadent West?" I can see that.

     

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    Pragmatic, May 9th, 2014 @ 6:52am

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    What, so GoT would be banned over there? [Expletive deleted]

     

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    Ninja (profile), May 9th, 2014 @ 7:12am

    Re: Re: Propaganda and Kool Aid

    While he has a point the US has had its share of absurdity in international policies one wrong doesn't make the other right. Notice that Russia is not the only one doing this expansion tactics. China is way worse. They are seeking to dominate via economy and spread of Chinese throughout the world. It's scandalous here. I should note that this issue must be threaded cautiously not to turn it into hatred towards the Chinese people or the Russians themselves. Most are only victims. Much like Israel being an asshole towards Palestine is the doing of a smaller group within the Jewish/Israeli demographics.

     

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    zip, May 9th, 2014 @ 8:01am

    Re: Re: Re: Propaganda and Kool Aid

    Whenever empires break up, they tend to dissolve in warfare, due largely as a result of the tactics that were used to hold them together, such as settler programs, land and wealth redistribution, as well as the classic "divide and rule" tactics. The once-privileged minority ethnicity (whether indigenous or imported) who was, quite naturally, loyal to the 'emperor', becomes fair game for retribution and 'settling old scores' as nationalism takes hold.

    I'll assume that the Russian population in Ukraine likely finds itself in a similar predicament as the British (Protestant) population in (Northern) Ireland. It creates a very complicated and messy situation with no easy answers -- in sharp contrast to the dumbed-down "black vs. white" narrative that the mainstream news media feeds us. Which in the case of Ukraine and Russia, is also heavily propagandized.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), May 9th, 2014 @ 8:49am

    And a douche

    "I've always kind of known that Vladimir Putin was a bit of a bastard."

    More than a bit. It can be easy to miss sometimes because it's often eclipsed by his overpowering douchiness. But nobody should have missed the red flag that was Bush's comment about him:

    I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), May 9th, 2014 @ 8:51am

    Re:

    "Would you condemn that? I wouldn't."

    If the US response to that was military aggression and an incredibly dubious election then I would certainly condemn it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2014 @ 9:29am

    Re: Re: Propaganda and Kool Aid

    This much like what China did to Tibet and the UK to Northern Ireland.

     

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    Dave1949, May 9th, 2014 @ 9:55am

    Mind problems?

    Reckon he's losing it myself!

     

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), May 9th, 2014 @ 10:56am

    Re: Re: Re:

    According to who? That region has been full of Russians since before the fall of the USSR.

     

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    Zonker, May 9th, 2014 @ 11:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    And California, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona have been full of Latinos since before the Mexican-American war (as it was their land before illegal American immigrants started taking over Texas). So how is this different?

     

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    Zonker, May 9th, 2014 @ 12:24pm

    In the USA, money is protected free speech (Citizens United). In Russia, obscene language is more valuable than ordinary speech since it costs you $70 to utter them. $70 is greater than free, so Russia's speech is more valuable than the USA's.

    Putin wins!
    /sarcasm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2014 @ 7:35pm

    Re:

    If so, they are just updating their penal code to american/canadian standards.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2014 @ 7:39pm

    Re: Putin - the closet KGB now coming into the open

    How do we here could know your weasel words are true.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2014 @ 7:42pm

    Re: Propaganda and Kool Aid

    I wonder how this has to be news to some today. Take it up your sissy ass Sikhasskhlivi.

     

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    Anonymous, May 11th, 2014 @ 5:57am

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    Word to your mother, nigga!

     

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    Sheogorath (profile), May 12th, 2014 @ 6:12pm

    Hey, guess what?

    I've heard it alleged that the reason Vlad the Bad put the kibosh on even educational materials about homosexual people is so Russian citizens can't see videos of a certain nature he made in his youth for the remainder of his term.

     

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    Sheogorath (profile), May 12th, 2014 @ 6:16pm

    Re:

    No, Wal-Mart is not running Russia. The makers of Barracuda Web Filter are.

     

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