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Russia may be waiting for disconnection from the global Internet, - media

Россию, возможно, ждет отключение от глобальной сети интернет

Next week, several events are planned with the participation of high-ranking Russian officials on the work of the Russian segment of the Internet in emergency situations.

Vedomosti writes about this with reference to the employees of several Russian telecom operators, Internet companies and non-profit organizations. In particular, this topic will be discussed next Monday at a meeting of the Russian Security Council with the participation of President Vladimir Putin.

Officials of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media will report to the president on the results of the July exercises, the purpose of which was to test the stability of the Internet’s work on the territory of the Russian Federation and prevent violations in the context of unfriendly “targeted actions”. Perhaps, the report will also be delivered by presidential aide Igor Schegolev, who oversees information security as well.

As a result, it is planned to make several decisions that strengthen the sovereignty of the Russian segment of the world wide web. In particular, a special procedure for managing the Internet may be introduced, providing for the possibility of disconnecting Russia from the global network.

Exercises conducted by the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media showed that the Russian Internet is vulnerable, and measures to minimize risks, including the possibility of temporarily disconnecting the runet from the outside world, are being discussed, the special services official said.

The permanent disconnection of access to the international network is out of the question, emphasize the employees of a large telecom operator and non-profit organization. But Russian operators will have to adjust the equipment so that in case of an emergency the Russian Internet can be quickly disconnected from the global one. An emergency situation can be considered both military actions and, for example, serious protest actions inside the country, one of the publication’s interlocutors believes.

The second idea that officials will discuss is the transfer to the state of the functions of the domain administrator, which is now performed by a public organization - the Coordination Center of the national Internet domain domain (CC). Most likely, the Federal Communications Agency, subordinate to the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, will take care of this.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that an operational meeting of Security Council members is scheduled for September 22. What issues will be discussed there, he did not clarify, recalling only that part of the agenda of such events is traditionally closed.