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Russia passes law to shield its internet resources

Christian Fernsby |
The Duma approved in second reading a bill to strengthen in Russia the security and sustainable operation of national resources on the Internet.

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Western sanctions against Moscow led the Russian parliament to approve last February, in first reading, a bill to shield the so-called Runet, in case the service of the network of networks for this nation is suspended.

This legislative proposal foresees a Monitoring Center and Direction of a Communications Network of common use, which would guarantee the connections under any extraordinary circumstance and the coordination of the operators in these cases.

The deputy of the committee for information policy, information technologies and communications, Leonid Levi, noted that in case of a 'blackout' of the Internet, the damage to the Russian economy would be catastrophic.

The daily losses for Russia would amount to 20 billion rubles (about 308 million 784 thousand dollars), reported Levi, who indicated that a similar figure would be used to ensure the functioning of the protection measures.

The expenditure made by the Government in the sphere of protection of the safe and sustained work of the Runet is rather an investment for the future, considered the parliamentarian.

If approved in third reading, the initiative would enter into force in November 2019.

That law would exempt for now the issue of the critical defense of information and the national system of domain names, which would only begin to operate in January 2021.

In 2016, Russia had more than 98 million 567 thousand Internet users, for a national coverage of 85.4 percent of its population, although the development of the Runet is progressing at an accelerated pace through agreements with foreign companies to soon develop the 5G connection.

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