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Putin wins Russia’s presidential election for third term, but digital momentum builds among country’s young people

“’The Internet to me is like a dump,’ said a Putin functionary last Monday.

That kind of attitude will be Putin’s downfall – even if Sunday’s results seem to indicate otherwise. Because for today’s Russian (and for today’s Iranian and Chinese) the revolution will be digited, not televised.

Through blogs, Facebook posts and YouTube videos, Russians have been able to expose a Kremlin that for too long has gotten away with far too much. Videos have chronicled brazen ballot-stuffing by lackeys of Putin’s United Russia party; bloggers have meticulously detailed the direct pipeline from the oil fields of Siberia to the coffers of the Kremlin; young people have used Facebook not to post brunch plans but to organize protests attended by hundreds of thousands.”

Read more at NY Daily News.

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