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In the latest crackdown on freedom of expression by the Russian state, it is moving to ban use of Instagram.
Putin also wants Meta, the parent company behind Instagram and Facebook, to be branded an “extremist organisation”.
Polina Ivanova, the FT’s correspondent covering Russia and Ukraine, said of the decision: “It’s huge because this is really a much loved platform in Russia and also the source of income for lots of small businesses across the country.
“And for young Moscow elites it’s.. everything.”
Max Seddon, the FT’s Moscow bureau chief, added: “Even in the context of wartime repression, this is astonishing – it basically likens Facebook to al-Qaeda.”
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