Gawker is normally a fluffy, snarky “look at what these bad boys and girls in Washington/New York are up to” site. But when GQ tried to bury Scott Anderson’s investigative report at Putin’s behest, Gawker crowdsourced a translation:
In an act of publishing cowardice, Condé Nast has gone to extraordinary lengths to prevent Russians from reading a GQ article criticizing Vladimir Putin. As a public service, we’re running it here and ask for your help in translating it.
Saturday afternoon update: Just over 24 hours after we asked for your help, you’ve given us a pretty much complete Russian translation of the story. Thank you to everyone who pitched in.
“Никто не осмелится назвать это тайным заговором” immediately became a hit on the Russian blogosphere. Both repressive governments and greedy, cowardly businesses are finding it ever harder to suppress information. (Via MetaFilter.)