Russia Takes a Big Step Toward Internet Isolation


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Over the holidays, the Russian government said it had completed a multi-day test of a national, internal internet known as RuNet, a bid to show that the country’s online infrastructure could survive even if disconnected from the rest of the world. Though Russia claims the initiative relates to cybersecurity, researchers and human rights advocates inside Russia and around the world argue that the test underscores Russia’s broader campaign to control and censor access to digital information within its borders.


The government is also investing 2 billion rubles — about $32 million — in a Russian Wikipedia alternative.

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Our conclusion

This is a very tedious and disturbing development, especially for the Russian people!