Vladimir Putin has been inaugurated As Russian president for the fourth time. In what seems to be a poignant symbolic gesture, he rolled up the the Krelim in a Russian-made armoured limousine called the Kortezh. At over 6.6 metres long and weighing 6.5 tonnes, it’s a god damn unit.
The leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, was recently hit with US sanctions over human rights abuses such as his government’s torture and “purge” of gay men. But there’s one thing about the sanctions that seems to particularly bother Kadyrov: Losing his Instagram account.
Over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a disturbing trend of governments demanding that private tech companies share their source code if they want to do business. Now, the US government is giving the same ultimatum and it’s getting what it wants.