In Russia, where state-controlled media outlets co-exist in stark contrast with online platforms popular among the opposition, authorities have ramped up efforts to contain and even replace sites that are seen as a threat. The videos of web star Yuri Dud, known for his interviews with celebrities, or anti-graft campaigner Navalny are enjoying more and more success. The video has been viewed more than 65 million times on YouTube since its publication on Tuesday. The Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT (former Russia Today) on Wednesday said courses would be offered to officials to help understand youth slang on sites like TikTok. He also announced the development of a “Russian TikTok” developed with the support of Innopraktika foundation, an organisation run by Katerina Tikhonova — one of Putin’s alleged daughters.
Source: Punch January 23, 2021 08:48 UTC