Andrei Soldatov, who has studied the internet and Russian security services for more than a decade, called the arrest of the Kaspersky manager „unprecedented.“

„It destroys a system that has been 20 years in the making, the system of relations between intelligence agencies and companies like Kaspersky,“ he told The Associated Press. „Intelligence agencies used to ask for Kaspersky’s advice, and this is how informal ties were built. This romance is clearly over.“

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