How Edward Snowden Inadvertently Helped Vladimir Putin's Internet Crackdown - BuzzFeed News: "Snowden may not have known or realized it, but his disclosures emboldened those in Russia who wanted more control over the Internet. Parliament debated Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance in special hearings. Sergei Zheleznyak, deputy speaker of the lower house, suggested that the Snowden disclosures meant citizens should be forbidden from keeping their personal data on foreign servers. “We should provide digital sovereignty for our country,” he said. Ruslan Gattarov, chairman of one of the pro-Kremlin youth organizations and a member of the upper house of parliament, invited Snowden to “investigate” what he described as the surrender of Russian citizens’ data to American intelligence agencies.
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