Putin is looking for a way to completely disconnect Russia from the internet
Russia is playing around with the idea of disconnecting the entire country from the internet in the event that there is a serious military confrontation or massive anti-government protest on the home front, officials for the Russian government hinted on Friday.
President Vladimir Putin will convene a meeting of his security council on Monday, where it will discuss what steps the Russian government might take to disconnect its citizens from the web in the event of a national “emergency”. The goal of this would be to strengthen Russia’s power in cyberspace. It has also been suggested that Russia could bring the .ru domain under the control of the state.
Russian television and most of the country’s newspapers are already under the control of the government, but unlike in China, the internet in Russia has managed to remain a comparatively open place for discussion, albeit one that is constantly contested by state-sponsored bloggers and government supporters.
These measures will reportedly be introduced early next year. The Russian government has been trying for quite some time to reduce the nation’s dependency on technology and digital infrastructure from the United States, amid fears that its communications could be vulnerable to American spying.
Read more about the story at The Moscow Times.