Russia A Step Closer To Separating Its Internet From Global Network

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The country's plan to disconnect itself from the rest of the connected world is to ensure complete control of its Internet traffic and to build a deep moat to isolate RusNet and all computer networks from any external cyber attacks. It will keep all the data that are circulating between the citizens and organisations in Russian within the borders of the country instead of passing through worldwide routes. The exact test date has not been revealed, but it's scheduled to take place before April 1, 2019.

The internet shutdown is part of a continuing effort on the part of the Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin to allow the country's internet to operate independently.

Then, late previous year, a law introduced in the Russia Parliament stated that local internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression. The measures outlined in the law include Russian Federation building its own version of the net's address system, known as DNS, so it can operate if links to these internationally-located servers are cut.

As part of the experiment, communications oversight agency Roskomnadzor would examine whether data transmitted between Russia's users can remain in the country without being rerouted to servers overseas, where it could be subjected to interception.

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Russian lawmakers backed tighter Internet controls on Tuesday to defend against foreign meddling in draft legislation that critics warn could disrupt Russia's Internet and be used to stifle dissent. It is essentially a series of thousands of digital networks along which information travels.

According to Sputnik, the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation has already conducted pre-tests to protect Russia's network last July with the help of Russia's Ministry of Defence, the Federal Security Service and major domestic network operators. The government has also agreed to pay for the additional infrastructure needed to reroute traffic appropriately.

China's firewall is probably the world's best known censorship tool and it has become a sophisticated operation.

At the time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax news agency, "Russia's disconnection from the global Internet is of course out of the question".