I’m most certain this article by Human Rights Watch will be received in Russia with “Restricting Internet anonymity, you say that like it’s a bad thing?”
That appears to be the point, in Russia. They want to restrict anonymity, they want to have the ability to know their dissidents, their protesters, their political opponents, and spies.
Of course, their claim is these new laws protect the state from US and UK spies, provocateurs, and anarchists, but why start telling the truth now?
“These laws are yet another step by the authorities to shrink the online space in Russia because they fear it is a platform for critical expression,” Gorbunova said. “The laws unjustifiably restrict access to information and jeopardize Russia’s internet users’ confidential information and communications.”