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LiveJournal, Russian Style?

You may not have heard it but LiveJournal has been acquired by a Russian company called SUP.

According to this twisted tale, a San Francisco company called Six Apart bought LiveJournal from Danga Interactive in 2005. Six Apart struck a licensing agreement with SUP in 2006 to offer LiveJournal in Russia, where it flourishes. 28% of LiveJournal users are Russian.

The problem here is SUP and Vladimir Putin. Putin isn't exactly tolerant for the free flow of ideas, especially if it's critical of his administration. Unlike here in the United States, several of Putin's critics have mysteriously died, the most famous being the radiation poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in England.

And one of the founders of SUP, Aleksandr Mamut, is seen as a Kremlin insider, part of Putin's United Russia oligarchy.

It's not too far to make the leap that SUP may try to stifle any LiveJournal anti-Putin criticism from Russia in order to flourish in that country. We'll see.

San Francisco values meets Kremlin values. A place where America is to blame for everything. A place where we unfortunately need to reiterate to a certain blogging service that free speech prevails here.

Related links:
Russia's SUP Acquires LiveJournal Blogging Service
Putin: One of the world's worst dictators?
CNN: Vladimir Putin


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Dec. 4th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
Dec. 4th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Very funny.

But on the other hand, you can never tell...
Dec. 4th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
Hey...I was being semi-serious, handsome! :)
Dec. 4th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
I know.

And you're right - I am handsome. :-)
Dec. 4th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Beyond handsome!
Dec. 4th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Hey wait a minute...
I vaguely remember that you know some Russian.

The only thing I know in Russian is doveryay, no proveryay.

And of course Giuchie, Giuchie, yaya dada, Giuchie, Giuchie, yaya here and Mocha Choca lata yaya .
Dec. 4th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey wait a minute...
Ooooooooooooo, Dale...I think you are turning me on!
Dec. 4th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Free speech does not prevail in the private sector.

You should know this better than most people.
Dec. 4th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
That explains the news media.
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