Contents tagged with State Duma

  • Russia adopts law on autonomous internet

    On April 16, the State Duma of the Russian Federation, in the third and final reading, has adopted a law on ensuring the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment in the event of a disconnection from the global infrastructure, more commonly known as the Runet Isolation Law, writes TASS.

    This law will come into force on November 1, 2019.

    According to the Bell publication, the purpose of the law is “to counter the threat to the stability, security and integrity of the Internet in Russia.” …

  • Russia to make it easier for Donbas residents to obtain Russian citizenship

    The Russian government intends to make it easier for inhabitants of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) to obtain Russian citizenship, Kommersant reports, citing sources in the Russian government.

    According to the sources, everything has been worked out, and all that remains is for Russian President Vladimir Putin to sign the relevant decree. This could be done immediately after the presidential elections in Ukraine.

    “What other options are there? The people …

  • Russian Army begins developing autonomous internet

    The Russian Defense Ministry has begun to the first stage of developing a multi-service telecommunication network, which will be the basis for the Russian autonomous internet or RuNet, Zn.ua reports.

    According to the Ministry, the first phase will be finished by the end of the current year and the network will be fully operational by 2021. The Ministry plans to lay fiber-optic cable through the Arctic.

    The Ministry’s own search engine, cyber action log and user identification system are …

  • Russia introduces fines for insulting authorities on the Internet

    The Russian State Duma adopted a law that introduces punishment for disrespectful Internet publications about the government and government officials.

    According to the Current Time  news outlet , individuals accused of “disseminating information expressed in an indecent manner that offends human dignity and public morality, [that shows] a clear disrespect of society, country, the official state symbols of the Russian Federation, the Constitution of the Russian Federation or bodies exercising …

  • Ukrainian ambassador to the United States calls on Google to correct maps with 'Russian Crimea'

    Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly, called on the United States multinational technology company Google Inc. not to show the annexed Crimea as part of the Russian Federation.

    “Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly, appealed to the management of Google Corporation to change the incorrect image of the Ukrainian Crimea, which is projected as part of the Russian Federation on some of Google Maps. In the official letter, the ambassador noted his clear …

  • Google decides to show annexed Crimea as part of Russia and not Ukraine on Russian users maps

    Google has reported that "it has corrected an error that caused a small number of Russian users of Google maps to see incorrect information", TASS reported with a reference to the press service of the company.

     “We believe that we have corrected the error, due to which a small part of iOS users of Google maps [devices with the operating system] saw incorrect information,” the report said.

    As explained by its press service, Google is making every effort to objectively display the “disputed …

  • Putin: Russia could be disconnected from world wide web, we must be ready

    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated at a meeting with representatives of Russian news agencies and print media, that there is a threat that Russia would be disconnected from the world wide web, the Kremlin press service reported.

    Putin said that he could not speak about what’s on the mind “of our partners.”

    “I think that they will think one hundred times before doing this. However, theoretically, anything is possible. Therefore, we, of course, have to create such [internet] segments that …

  • Putin: Russia is ready to aim missiles at US

    Commenting on the demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty during a speech to the Federal Assembly of the State Duma, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is ready to aim missiles at the US in the event of a threat.

    According to Putin, Russia will aim its weapons not only against the European countries where the US deploys its intermediate and short-range missiles, but also against the US itself in the event of a threat.

    “If they really are produced and shipped to …

  • Russia prohibits its military from using Internet and smartphones

    On Tuesday’s session, February 19, at the third and final reading, the Russian State Duma adopted a law prohibiting Russian military personnel from possessing phones, tabs and any devices that store data or access the internet. 

    The document was adopted unanimously and will apply to military contractors, conscripts, and citizens undergoing military training. The devices are prohibited not only during military operations or combat duty, but also in any military facility or territory. 

    The law …

  • Russia wants to cover up soldiers’ digital trail

    Russia’s State Duma has passed a bill on the second reading which prohibits soldiers from sharing sensitive information online. The initiative was proposed after a number of cases where journalists used soldiers’ social network posts to discover details about Moscow’s secret role in foreign conflicts.

    The bill bans soldiers and reservists from publishing any information online which could be used to discover their whereabouts or role in the armed forces.

    The ban is extensive, applying to …