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The Wall Street Journal reports that Vladimir Putin refuses to use the Internet because he fears people are spying on him

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part via videoconference in a ceremony marking the launch of new and renewed transport infrastructure in the Russian regions at the government residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, on December 13, 2022.MIKHAIL METZEL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin will not use the Internet because he fears espionage.

  • The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Putin has become dependent on paper documents.

  • Russian state media reported in 2020 that Putin does not use a smartphone.

A new report says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has historically avoided using the Internet because he worried that people might spy on his activity.

Citing US and Russian officials, The Wall Street Journal mentioned on Friday that the Russian leader has long refused to be online for fear of digital surveillance. In doing so, he has come to rely on physical documents provided by consultants—including time-sensitive materials.

The report said updates on his unprovoked war in Ukraine, for example, could take days to reach Putin and might be out of date by the time they arrive. According to the newspaper, battlefield information starts with commanders on the front lines, who send it to the Federal Security Service (FSB), which gives it to the Russian Security Council. The council secretary then hands the information over to Putin.

Former Russian official media mentioned In 2020, although Putin occasionally used the internet, the Russian leader did not use a smartphone.

“He doesn’t have a smartphone, it’s simply impossible,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at the time.

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Shortly after Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine in late February, the Kremlin began Choking about accessing foreign social media sites and platforms – prompting Russians to search for alternative means that would allow them to avoid restrictions.

to me Freedom HouseRussia, a Washington-based nonprofit organization, experienced the largest decline in internet freedom this year than any other country.

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