Omniscientist writes: "The New York Times reports of a growing trend in Russia where authorities are silencing the opposition through the confiscation of computers under the pretext of searching for pirated Microsoft software. Although these raids would seem to be a tactic for squashing dissent, lawyers retained by Microsoft have been fully supporting the police throughout the course of these events. Microsoft has submitted numerous statements supporting these actions, going so far as to make an accusation that one of the advocacy groups 'purchased and installed legal Microsoft software specifically to deny the authorities an excuse to raid them'."
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