For a long time during the era which is known as the Cold War Era in world politics, Russia was the common villain for the U.S. that can head-to-head take arms with it. It is almost as though the Russians have been vilified in every aspect of their lives in every known format to man, whether they be films, documentaries, arts or literature. They were the ultimate bad guys. To an extent, for the U.S. they still are to this day.
For this reason and more, like that of creating their own line instead of standing in a queque, Russia just like China has decided to have its own social networking site for its citizens. However, this Russian version of Facebook is not that social, as it is for complaining about civil servants. That gives this whole news the tinge of Russian. The former superpower has decided that instead of letting Russians complain about their government on some other network dominated by people from different regions of the globe, they will give them space of their own.
The anti-Putin protestors have been quite vehement on such sites as Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki to express their disagreements and disappointments. This seems a bit ironic now that the government would allow protestors against its own to have a free platform to share their views. So much for keeping the international image as clean as possible. It would also allow the Russian government to simply censor content. Considering this, it is difficult to see a possibility of Russians joining this site. Unless forced to like China’s Sina Weibo, which is also government-run.
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