State Duma Demands To Isolate Runet In Autumn Of 2019
Runet, or the Russian segment of the Internet, may be isolated from the global network as early as November of this year since this is what the State Duma Committee on Information Policy wants, Meduza reports.
In February, the majority of deputies voted for the adoption of the bill on the autonomous work of Runet. However, information on specific dates did not appear. The proposal of the State Duma Committee, which provides for the entry of this law into force in November 2019, will be considered at the second reading.
At the same time, it is specified that the remaining provisions on cryptographic protection of information and on the national system of domain names present in the draft law will become valid not earlier than January 1, 2021.
Representatives of the federal regulatory organization Roskomnadzor believe that the new rule of the law will help combat resources prohibited in Russia, such as the popular Telegram messenger.
Also unclear remains the issue of government spending necessary to isolate the Russian Internet. Senator Andrei Klishas, one of the authors of the bill, stated that no budget funds would be required for the implementation of the initiative. However, the journalists of the Russian news agency RBC calculated that the implementation of the bill would take at least 30 billion rubles (more than $460 million).
It should be reminded that the second reading of the draft law “On digital financial assets” should be held in April. The document will partly regulate the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry in Russia.
Earlier, Roskomnadzor intended to block ten VPN services.