(Associated Press) Russian lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that would expand government control over the internet and whose opponents fear heralds a new era of widespread censorship.
The bill would install equipment to route Russian internet traffic through servers in the country. That would increase the power of state agencies to control information and block messaging applications, while users would find it harder to circumvent government restrictions.
Backers of the bill say it's a defense measure in case Russia is cut off from the internet by the United States or other hostile powers.
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