Russia’s Own WikiLeaks Takes Off

Posted: January 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

RuLeaks is trying to expose the practices of goverment officials, similar to the concept behind WikiLeaks. Here, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange meeting reporters Monday in London.
A new web site striving to become Russia’s answer to WikiLeaks became an online hit this week with the publication of the first photographs of a luxury mansion linked to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
No proof exists that the mansion in the pictures is really Putin’s, a residence that RuLeaks.net says was built on the Black Sea at a cost of $1 billion for the prime minister’s personal use.
But RuLeaks’ apparently exclusive photos have paid off handsomely for the team behind the web site, which refers to itself as “The Anonymous” but actually consists mainly of members of the Pirate Party of Russia, a group that opposes copyright laws.

Since the photos were released Tuesday, the site’s traffic has soared by 10 times to about 80,000 hits per day, according to RuLeaks own statistics.
The site’s team promised that the mansion photos were only the beginning.

“Never keep quiet! Be afraid of nothing!” the team said in an e-mailed reply to questions. Read more

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