Russia’s Youth Want Internet Freedom, Widening ‘Censorship Gap’

This is a TIME article on the current generational gap in Russia.


The Russia of President Vladimir Putin has not cultivated a reputation as a bastion of freedom, but a Pew survey out Wednesday suggests younger Russians may be more liberty-loving than the stereotype suggests — at least when it comes to the internet.

In the Pew Research Center’s study titled “Emerging and Developing Nations Want Freedom on the Internet,” surveyors found a wide chasm—the widest of all countries surveyed—between how much old and young Russians care about Internet freedom.

Among Russians as a whole, just 63% say it is important that people have access to the Internet free from government censorship. Delving deeper into the numbers, however, reveals a stark generational divide. Among Russians 18 to 29 years old, eight in ten say an uncensored Internet is important to them, a position taken by 72% of Russians 30 to 49 but only 44% of Russians over 50.

The gap on that…

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