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Putin Considers To Cut Russia From The Internet ‘In An Emergency’

Posted by Info on 07/10/2014

President Vladimir Putin is considering steps to disconnect Russian citizens from the web “in an emergency” in the event of a serious military confrontation or big anti-government protests at home early next year. The goal would be to strengthen Russia’s sovereignty in cyberspace. The proposals could also bring the domain .ru under state control, it suggested. Already the Russian TV and most of the country’s newspapers are under the Kremlin’s control.

The move comes at a time when Russia has been bitterly critical of the western media towards events in Ukraine. Russian channels have portrayed the conflict in Ukraine as a heroic fight against “fascists” in Kiev. They have disputed western reports that Russian soldiers and heavy weapons are involved.

Andrei Soldatov, an expert on Russia’s spy agencies : The security council’s apparent proposal to take control over .ru, as well as the domains .su (for Soviet Union) and .рф (Russian Federation in Cyrillic). These domains currently belong to a non-government organisation.Kazakhstan, an authoritarian state intolerant of online criticism, did something similar two years ago.

An employee of a large communications provider said:” Moscow did not want to unplug the world wide web but to protect Russian cyberspace in case of further western sanctions that may affect the internet.”

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