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Russia, the Network of Putin: the first test of the Internet sovereign
MOSCOW - According to the new law, the Russian authorities can theoretically isolate the Country from parts of the global Internet. The government has stated that the intention is only to maintain the smooth operation of the Network of Russian in the event of a crisis or external attack. However, critics warn that the new rules will allow censorship of unwanted content from the Kremlin under the pretext of a "threat to security" undefined.

Reporters without borders (RSF) has already risen in defining this move, the Kremlin's "a way to censor the Internet in the Country". The test carried out today is part of this controversial law came into force at the beginning of November. "The results of the exercises have shown that, in general, the authorities and the telecommunications operators are prepared to respond effectively to the risks and possible threats," said deputy minister of communications, Alexei Sokolov, cited by the agencies the Russian. Sokolov said that have been tested in various scenarios, including cyber attacks by foreign or attempts to intercept traffic, text messages, or location information of subscribers of mobile phones in Russia: "we will Continue this kind of tutorials in the next few years. Our task is to check that functions always everything."

According to the Kremlin, this law should protect "the Russian segment "of the Internet in case of disconnection from the larger global server located in Europe and in the United States The goal is in particular to enable the government and the banking network in the Russian work even in the case of war or attacks of mass. For this reason, suppliers must install on their networks, by 2021, the year of the next parliamentary elections, an infrastructure that is special provided by the authorities, the nature of which has not been revealed.

The Russian authorities insist on the fact that it is not to isolate the Russian Internet, or to acquire the means of censorship. The law aims to ensure that "we have our own resources that can be activated in order not to be cut off from the Internet," he said last week Vladimir Putin at a press conference.

The new rules rely on the great powers to the organ of the Russian control officer telecommunications Roskomnadzor, Rkn. Will be just the Rkn to ensure the centralized control of the traffic on the network in cases of need. Situations that is of danger laid down directly by the government.











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