World Bulletin / News Desk
Russian president Vladimir Putin has claimed that the internet is a CIA project during a speech in St Petersburg on Thursday.
His speech is the clearest indication yet that he is seeking to develop a nationalized version of the internet, after the US defector Edward Snowden revealed the extent to which the American NSA spy agency had infiltrated the worldwide web.
Putin acknowledged that the Kremlin was using the necessary means to track suspect terrorists and criminals in Russia via the internet, but denied that it would resort to tracking civilians as the NSA does.
Russia has already taken steps to make sure that social media websites base their servers in the country.
However, it is feared that Putin may use his power to silence opposition voices within his country, as the most popular social media site in Russia - VKontakte - is now under the control of loyal businessmen.
Likewise, Putin also called on Russian search engine Yandex to base its server in Russia instead of Holland,"not only for tax reasons but for other considerations too".
Edward Snowden sought asylum in Russia after escaping the US last year. He has since been revealing evidence of US spying not only on enemies but also on allies. This has prompted countries like Germany and Brazil to consider adopting a nationalized internet.Last Mod: 25 Nisan 2014, 11:39