"Without the participation of Microsoft, these criminal cases against human rights defenders and journalists would simply not be able to occur"
September 12, 2010 5:23 AM Subscribe
Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent
- Adding to its long-running series
on corruption and abuse in post-Communist Russia, the New York Times has reported on Russian authorities using the pretext of software piracy to seize computers from journalists and political dissidents critical of current policies. In a surprising twist, lawyers representing Microsoft have been found working with Russian police, despite reporters and NGOs providing evidence of legitimate software purchases. An official response
to the NYT piece suggests impostors claim to represent Microsoft in Russia, and notes the company's offer of free software licenses to these and similar groups.
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