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Russian Government Plans to Disconnect the Country from Global Internet

Russia has confirmed that they will be testing a new scheme to disconnect Russian internet services from the global internet framework. They claim that this is in order to protect the country from outside malicious attacks.

Russian Internet (RuNet) logo | Dmitry Rozhkov

Russian Internet (RuNet) logo | Dmitry Rozhkov

According to reports, the Russian government and the country’s top Internet Service Providers plan to disconnect Russia from the global Internet network.

The initiative is reportedly part of an experiment to gather insights and provide feedback about a law proposed to the State Duma last December by Senator Andrei Klishas.

Russia’s major ISP and telecommunication companies, which include MTS, Rostelecom, MegaFon, and PJSC VimpelCom, will reportedly participate in the experiment to figure out how the government can efficiently implement the intended Internet reform.

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Disconnecting from the Global Internet Network

According to the proposed law, Russian Internet Service Providers must ensure that the Russian Internet space (RuNet) remains operational in event of hostile parties attempting to disconnect the country from the world’s Internet network.

The first draft of the law also requires all traffic within the country to only pass through exchange points managed or approved by the Russian telecom watchdog, Roskomnazor (RKN). This demands broadband providers and mobile operators to install technical devices allowing RKN to interfere with traffic flows or block content and resources prohibited by the Russian Federation.

Natalya Kasperskaya | CEO of InfoWatch group of companies and former chairwoman of Russian Antivirus company Kaspersky Lab | Wikimedia Commons

Aside from ensuring the safety of the Russian internet space and allowing RKN to manipulate traffic, the new law also requires minimizing overseas transfer of data between Russian users and enabling autonomous work of the RuNet.

All participants in the discussion agree that he has good goals, but the mechanisms for its implementation raise many questions and disputes. Moreover, the methods for its implementation have not yet been precisely defined,” Natalya Kasperskaya, head of the Information Security Working Group said.

“Therefore, they came to the conclusion that market participants need to organize exercises or something similar in order to understand how this can all be implemented in practice.”

Russia has been working on its independent Internet system for years. In 2017, Russian authorities said that they planned to route 95 percent of the country’s Internet traffic locally by 2020.

The government did not announce the testing date of the project but it’s initially set to April 1. The new Russian law that will see the country disconnected from the global Internet network is fully endorsed by President Vladimir Putin.

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