Yasha Levine

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Yasha Levine is a Russian-American investigative journalist and author. Levine, who was born in the Soviet Union, is the author of Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet and several other books. He has also written for Wired, The Nation, Slate, TIME, the New York Observer, and more.


  • We never knew what it was like to have the country’s media and political class brand people like us a possible threat. Until now.
  • For nearly four years now, Soviet and Russian immigrants have watched America’s liberal political elite shift the blame for their country’s domestic political problems away from themselves and onto a fictitious, inscrutable foreign enemy: a xenophobic campaign that put people like us — “the Russians” — at the center of everything that’s gone wrong in America. *We’ve watched as this panic grew from a fear of the Russian government to an all-encompassing, irrational racist conspiracy theory that put a cloud over not just Russian nationals or Russian government officials, but anyone from the lands of the former Soviet union.

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