Mikhail Petrov’s TikTok posts started going viral this year when he tapped into growing discontent in Russia with bite-sized explanations of the country’s budding protest movement.His popularity exploded to over 250,000 followers and TikTok invited Petrov, a political science student at the Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg, to join a talent development programme. Then the sound started disappearing from some of his videos.TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, is among the global…

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