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Putin: Web Abusers to Have No Success in Russia

Dmitri Medvedev Sitting at a Laptop ComputerBRYANSK, Russia. March 4 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday expressed confidence that Russian society would be able to shield itself from those who are trying to use the Internet "for destructive purposes."

"We can see that there are people who want to use the Internet for destructive purposes. But it is undoubtedly an extremely powerful factor of modern progress, and that is exactly the way we should use it," Putin told a United Russia party conference in Bryansk.

"We should and will use both the Internet and other state-of-the-art means of communication, which help us bring about our development. And as regards the use of such means for unseemly purposes, society should have an internal system of self-defense, and such a system our people have is very strong. It's unlikely that anyone would be able to shake it," he said.

"We should do everything possible to make use of all positive aspects of modern means of communication," he said.

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