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Grigory Tsezarevich Svirsky (Russian: Григорий Цезаревич Свирский) (born September 29, 1921 in Ufa) is a Russian-Canadian writer.

He was a military pilot during World War II (1941-1944), then worked as a journalist. After publishing several books, Svirsky openly criticized censorship in the Soviet Union,[1] and all his writings were forbidden and destroyed in 1968.[2] Svirsky also criticized the 1968 suppression of the Prague Spring by Soviet military forces.[3] He was forced to emigrate to Israel on the personal request from KGB director Yuri Andropov in 1972.[3]

He moved to Canada in 1975 and started teaching Russian literature in University of Toronto and University of Maryland.[citation needed] He published numerous fiction and non-fiction books, short stories, and plays. He was also an active participant of political discussions in RuNet, Russian blogosphere.[4]

One of his recent books was about the Internet brigades - teams of FSB agents who conduct psychological operations in the internet against political bloggers.[5][6][7] These "internet brigades" allegedly disseminate disinformation and prevent free discussion of undesirable subjects in the internet forums by harassing and intimidating the bloggers [8] He was interested in moral aspects of their work: "It seems that offending, betraying, or even "murdering" people in the virtual space is easy. This is like killing an enemy in a video game: one do not see a disfigured body or eyes of the person who is dying right in front of you. However, human soul lives by its own basic laws that force it to pay the price in the real life".[9]


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  3. 3.0 3.1 [3]
  4. Internet in handcuffs? This is madness. by Grigory Svirsky
  5. Commissars of the Internet. The FSB at the Computer. by Anna Polyanskaya, Andrei Krivov, and Ivan Lomko, Vestnik online, April 30, 2003 (English translation)
  6. Interview of Roman Sadykhov, 03.04.2007
  7. China's secret internet police target critics with web of propaganda, by Jonathan Watts in Beijing, June 14, 2005, Guardian Unlimited
  8. " Grigory Svirsky Anastasya. A story on-line (Full text in Russian)
  9. Eye for an eye (Russian) by Grigory Svirsky and Vladimur Bagryansky, publication of Russian Center for Extreme Journalism [4]

External links (Russian)

His books

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