"The Russian authorities are always inspired by the Soviet past and, when the protests started, they simply looked back to see what worked then," said Andrei Soldatov, a respected Moscow-based investigative reporter. "And even in the early 1980s, before perestroika, there was anti-Americanism and a belief in Western plots — ideas that were quite common among even ordinary people."
"The idea is the same," he said. "Everything should be under complete control, with any unauthorized activities prevented by all means."
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