Retweeting a Twitter tweet or liking a Facebook post that the Kremlin doesn't like can now land Russians in prison.
And salty language in theater performances, films, and the media can now lead to stiff fines.
The stated goal of the former is to combat extremism. The purported objective of the latter is to promote traditional values and preserve the "purity of the Russian language."
But few doubt that the real point of both is to tighten the Kremlin's control over discourse - and therefore, over politics.
Few doubt, to my mind, is supposed to mean that there are a few people who have doubts that the real point of the policy is to tighten the Kremlin's control over discourse. I don't get it. Shouldn't it be the other way around like few doubt that the real point of the new policy is to promote traditional values and preserve the purity of the Russian language but in reality it's about tightening control over what people can express?