Russian ‘Close to Home’ Legislation: Final Death Knell for Lenin’s Gulag?

A new law under consideration by the Russian parliament would allow prisoners to request permission from authorities to serve out their time in prisons near their homes. That would come as a relief to thousands of families with relatives incarcerated in Russia’s remote “strict regime” prisons, a legacy of the “Gulag” system created by Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin.


UK Arrest Reveals Ransomware Attacks Threaten Music Industry

The recent arrest of a 19-year-old UK man who was charged with stealing unfinished songs from the websites of prominent musicians and selling the work for Bitcoin has drawn new attention to the vulnerability of artists to predatory hackers.


Human Trafficking Prosecutions Decline Under Trump Administration

So far this year, federal attorneys have prosecuted 39 percent of the cases referred to them with child sex trafficking as the lead charge. That’s down from 49 percent in the last year of the Obama administration. The National Human Trafficking Hotline identified almost 15,000 people who were likely trafficked in 2018—more than any year since at least 2012.