‘Sovereign Internet’ in Russia may have negative impact on global Internet

On November 1, the law on the Sovereign Internet came into force in Russia. Officially, the law should protect the Russian Internet from external threats. However, experts say it will help the Kremlin but not with external threats.

The Russian parliament believes that in the event of a conflict with Western countries, a sovereign Internet will be able to help.

But by hiding behind protection from the external enemy, the Russian authorities will gain broad control over the Internet. Now, communications operators have to install state equipment at inland exchange points and communication lines crossing the border with Russia. Those who do not agree can be disconnected from the web.


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