Russian senators say political interference should make Google and Facebook ‘shiver in their spines’

On September 12, 2019, the Russian Federation Council’s Commission on Protecting State Sovereignty and Preventing Foreign Interference met for the first time since nationwide local elections on September 8. As usual, the senators warned that anti-Kremlin opposition leaders and U.S. media companies pose an existential threat to Russia. A rough summary of the most colorful remarks during the 80-minute meeting follows.