Must-Reads from Around the World

PUTINRussia Human Rights – President Vladimir Putin is overseeing the worst era for human rights in Russia since the Soviet era, according to two new reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW), reports the Daily Telegraph. Putin, who began a second term as president almost a year ago, is accused of bringing in new laws to stifle criticism of his regime and adapting existing laws to silence dissent – policies HRW describe as “a crackdown on civil society unprecedented in the country’s post-Soviet history.” Putin has also brought in a new law which compels any organization that receives funding from abroad to describe themselves as “foreign agents” if they are considered to be involved in undefined “political activities.” Amnesty, whose Moscow office was inspected by prosecutors and tax inspectors last month, described this as “deliberately reminiscent of the Cold War,” writes the Telegraph.

Cyber Espionage — A new report reveals that China leads the world when it comes to cyber espionage, reports VOA News. According to the “2013 Data Breach Investigations Report” by Verizon, a major U.S. telecom company, 96% of computer espionage cases targeting intellectual property and business trade secrets were caused by …



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