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Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest
Russia airs concerns about the role of the internet in stirring Arab revolts
Reuters, Tuesday 22 Feb 2011
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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's deputy blamed Google Inc in an interview published on Tuesday for stirring up trouble in the revolution that ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.

"Look what they have done in Egypt, those highly-placed managers of Google, what manipulations of the energy of the people took place there," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin told the Wall Street Journal.

Such strong comment from one of Putin's most trusted deputies is a clear signal of growing concern among Russian hardliners about the role of the Internet in the unrest which has swept across the Arab world.

Sechin gave no further details on his concerns. Google executive, Wael Ghonim, became an unlikely hero of the uprising in Egypt which led to Mubarak's deposition.

In contrast to state television, Russia's Internet is remarkably free and the home to often scathing criticism of Putin, President Dmitry Medvedev and the entire Russian elite.

Russia has so far resisted placing restrictions on the Internet, but analysts say there are a group of hardliners close to Putin who would like to impose controls similar to China's.

Chinese President Hu Jintao called on Saturday for stricter government management of the Internet and warned top Communist Party leaders that China was facing deepening social conflicts that would test the party's ability to maintain firm control.



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thomas
24-02-2011 04:50am
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******* BLAMING GOOGLE...
Don't blame the gun, blame the shooter-in thes case the searcher....
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sumotommy
23-02-2011 09:17pm
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What is google to do here?
Dear Sirs, By bringing google to the issue of Egyptians uprising, this russian man has belittled the sacrifices, patience and sufferings, the multitude of problems Egyptians faced due to various reasons for more than 50 years under different rulers. The pentup anger of 50 years, if we can say like that, struct with a great force upon the ruling junta and mafia and thus fell upon their head like buildings fell upon people, buses and cars and on the streets crushing then underneath, in the Tuesday Afternoon lunch time Earth Quake of 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale in Christchurch City, Newzealand. This humanquake" in Egypt shook the foundations of mafia government for 18 days and thus collapsed the enemies of mankind and Egyptian masses who ruled there. So do not give illegal, shameless credit to Google which has nothing but zionist creation for the successful mobilisation of peoples anger in Egypt. Islam will come like the earth quake and tornadoes and nothing will be able to preven
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DougBuchanan.com
23-02-2011 07:07pm
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knowledge
Imagine that, the people learning more knowledge threatens the power of ignorant government leaders (power-damaged minds) who are dependent on keeping the people ignorant. Respectfully, DougBuchanan.com
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