Russia prepares to disconnect from the internet

Russian TASS news agency reports that the State Duma of the Russian Federation introduced a bill that, according to the authors of the document, will ensure proper operation of the Russian internet segment in case it is disconnected from the World Wide Web.

The group of deputies proposes in part to create a specialized infrastructure capable of replacing foreign root web servers with the further rerouting of the internet traffic.

The deputies claim that this bill will also reduce the amount of information transmitted by Russian users abroad.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, is invited to oversee the process of creating a national system of root domain names. The deputies, however, do not exclude that from time to time RuNet, the Russian internet segment, will stop functioning. In this case, the lawmakers suggested holding regular training seminars to provide instruction on how to identify and prevent the failures. Communication and network providers, owners and government representatives will have to attend the training seminars.

It is noteworthy that the authors of the bill are Andrei Lugovoi, and senators Andrei Klishas and Lyudmila Bokova, the alleged poisoners of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko. They believe that adopting this document will be a worthy response by Russia after the US adopted the National Cybersecurity Strategy, which states that Russia is an aggressor country which supports hacker attacks.

Earlier, it was reported that the Russian authorities are preparing for the strictest US sanctions, which will target the Russian government debt, banks, and also may  restrict Russia’s access to the SWIFT system.

  Russia, Internet

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