An interesting news came from BBC and the Russian newspaper RosBiznesKonsalting. It’s that Russia would be testing its internet infrastructure to find out if it is feasible to disconnect the entire country from the world wide web. With this, the nation could be isolated from the rest of the world. But continue to function with an internal network.
There is talk of the possibility of the country intentionally isolating itself behind a ‘big firewall’, like China
The initial goal of these tests, according to the Russian government, would be to ensure the security of the local network in case of cyber attacks coming from abroad. However, there is talk of the possibility of the country intentionally isolating itself behind a “big firewall”, like China.
It was unclear whether tests for the Russian Internet’s isolation would actually affect users. But the country’s telecoms regulator should promote the implementation of this possibility with all carriers in Russia. The deadline for these tests would be until April 1, 2019.
This is not, however, Russia’s first step towards isolating its computer network. The country has been creating censorship and data control laws on the web for some time. And since 2017 it has been building its own structure to replace the global DNS system. This will allow the Russian web to operate in the same way as the current global network.
It is not known if the country really intends to disconnect its national internet network soon. But the government is willing to pay for all the necessary structure so that the operators can do this isolation at any time. The RosBiznesKonsalting still indicates that the leader Vladimir Putin is in favor of the isolation tests.