Information Sovereignty

# · ✸ 60 · 💬 71 · 6 days ago · www.lrb.co.uk · prostoalex
'Traditional Russian spiritual-moral and cultural-historical values are under active attack from the USA and its allies, as well as from transnational corporations and foreign NGOs,' according to the Kremlin's new National Security Strategy, published this month. It defines 'Russian values' as 'life, dignity, rights, freedoms' as well as 'high ethical ideals, a strong family, prioritising the spiritual over the material, humanism, kindness, justice, collectivism and patriotism'. Ideology is stressed more insistently than in previous years. There's even a mention of the need to resist foreign 'absolutisation of personal freedoms'. There are also paeans to 'rights' and 'freedoms' as somehow fundamental to Russian traditions. Still, whatever Russian values may be, the National Security Strategy is clear they have to be defended with a 'state information policy'. The language of 'traditional' values is more useful for this, as it's easier to justify 'defending' something local from outside attacks than something universal.
Information Sovereignty



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