Russia uses Microsoft to suppress dissent

Sam Tuke samtuke at
Thu Sep 16 12:24:36 UTC 2010

"Given the suspicions that these investigations are politically motivated, the 
police and prosecutors have turned to Microsoft to lend weight to their cases. 
In southwestern Russia, the Interior Ministry declared in an official document 
that its investigation of a human rights advocate for software piracy was 
begun “based on an application” from a lawyer for Microsoft. 

In another city, Samara, the police seized computers from two opposition 
newspapers, with the support of a different Microsoft lawyer. “Without the 
participation of Microsoft, these criminal cases against human rights 
defenders and journalists would simply not be able to occur,” said the editor 
of the newspapers, Sergey Kurt-Adzhiyev."
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