Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a televised meeting with regional media in St. Petersburg on Thursday. Photo courtesy of kremlin.ru
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a "CIA project" and warned Russians against making Google searches.
Putin assured a group of young journalists that the Internet was controlled from the start by the CIA and its surveillance continues today.
"That's life. That's how it's organised by Americans. You know all of this started during the dawn of the Internet as a special project of the CIA. And it keeps on developing," Putin said in televised comments.
Responding to questions from a young pro-Kremlin blogger, Putin warned that information entered on Google "all goes through servers that are in the States, everything is monitored there".