Russian Federation plans to temporarily disconnect the entire country from the internet

Russian Federation plans to temporarily disconnect the entire country from the internet

Russian Federation plans to temporarily disconnect the entire country from the internet

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.

The test, expected to be carried out before April 1, will see whether online data can be passed between citizens and organizations inside the country without having to be routed internationally, the report said.

ZDNet, which originally reported the news in the USA, points out that the experiments are meant to take place before the deadline for Digital Economy National Program law amendment submissions, which is April 1.

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The plan is part of a draft law, called Digital Economy National Program, which was submitted to Russia's parliament previous year, BBC News reports, citing Russian media.

A first draft of the law mandated that Russian internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet.

While Russia has deftly used the internet to advance its own interests, it is apparently concerned about other countries deploying its own tactics, so it is preparing to "disconnect" from the internet, ZDNet reports.

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The disconnect experiment is being overseen by Russia's Information Security Working Group; its members include Natalya Kaspersky, the co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, which has faced backlash overseas over allegations that the Russian government used Kaspersky Lab products to spy on computers.

The Russian government has been working on this project for years.

The bill would require telecoms to be able to redirect all traffic through routing points controlled by the Russian state. An alternative localised DNS would allow Runet to function without access to servers located across the world.

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The move has been in the works for years, and is meant to seal Russian Federation off from incoming cyber attacks. This initiative has been compared to China's Great Firewall, which allows the Chinese government to control the flow of information across the internet.

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