Police Raids: Two reasons, One aim, One failure

Way back in September, New York Times reported on the Russian Police’s crackdown on Baikal Environmental Wave. Thankfully, things have changed since I last reported on them, with a new New York Time article indicating that the Russian Government has had to stop such actions.

Following the original article, Microsoft changed it’s policy with Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel saying

“We want to be clear that we unequivocally abhor any attempt to leverage intellectual property rights to stifle political advocacy or pursue improper personal gain. We are moving swiftly to seek to remove any incentive or ability to engage in such behavior.”

According to a Microsoft in Moscow spokeswomen, Microsoft requested authorities to drop the case shortly after the article came out. As a result of Microsoft’s lack of co-operation with the authorities and their unwillingness to support the government’s actions, it seems that the police in Irkutsk have had to drop the case.