Bill to create separate Russian internet gets first approval

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While some critics have said Russian Federation is considering creating a China-style firewall, it would be cheaper and easier to adapt the North Korean model of a nationwide intranet, he said.

In case the system needs to be used to effectively disconnect the country from the internet, it would have to be done with minimal downtime to consumers and governmental agencies, meaning that Runet should be up and running as soon as the government would uncouple Russia's internet from the world's.

The national parliament has just passed the first reading of a law to create an independent infrastructure for Russia's internet.

Experts have said developing such sweeping capabilities, if not impossible, would be very expensive and could lead to major disruptions in the functioning of the internet.

So far Russian Federation has built a local DNS copy to allow its internet to keep working if local officials pull the plug on connectivity to the rest of the world.

Russian Federation is reportedly planning to run a national test on its own infrastructure as part of an effort to "unplug" from the internet.

The test could take place before 1 April, after a group of private and state-run providers said they would participate, London's Telegraph reports.

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The test, due to be held before 1 April, will keep all data circulating between Russian citizens and organisations within the country's borders rather than passing through worldwide routes.

Russian Federation has already moved to block webpages run by opposition figures such as Alexei Navalny, a prominent Kremlin critic.

They are also under orders to route internet traffic entering and leaving Russia through Russian-controlled gateways.

The effort is meant to ensure the country can operate online in the event that it becomes isolated by foreign powers.

Named the Digital Economy National Programme (DENP), measures include the creation of Russia's own internet address system so that its online access could continue if connections to global servers were severed.

As a result, the Russian government began working on defence tactics years ago. If service providers were merely limited by certain types of traffic control, however, VPNs could still work.

Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election - with the use of its troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency - as a way to sow division in America and boost the candidacy of Donald Trump.

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