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Russia to cut itself off global internet



Russia to cut itself off global internet

Russia in a bid to avoid potential cyberattacks from abroad, particularly from the US has moved to cut itself off global internet.

Reports say Russian legislators have given tentative approval to a draft legislation that could isolate the country’s internet.

According to reports, Russia’s new bill proposes creating a centre to “ensure and control the routing of internet traffic” and requires that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) install “technical measures to withstand threats”.

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It also mandates regular “drills” to test whether Russia’s internet can function in an isolated mode.

However, critics say the bill shows the authorities’ continued efforts to limit internet freedoms despite the huge public and private cost.

“This is very serious,” said Andrei Soldatov, who co-authored a book on the history of internet surveillance in Russia. “This is a path towards isolating Russia as a whole… from the internet.”

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