According to a new report, Russian President Vladimir Putin has avoided using the internet because he is worried about people watching him.

Citing US and Russian officials, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the Russian leader has refused to be online for fear of being tracked. He has become dependent on physical documents provided by his advisers.

It could take days to reach Putin and he may be out of date by the time he arrives, according to the report. The Security Council of Russia gets information from commanders on the frontlines, who send it to the federal security service. The secretary delivered the information to Putin.

Russian state media reported in 2020 that the Russian leader did not use a phone.

"He doesn't have a phone, it's impossible," Peskov said.

The Kremlin began cracking down on access to foreign social media sites after Putin's forces invaded Ukraine.

Russia saw the greatest decline in internet freedom of any other country.

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