State Duma adopts law on autonomy of Russian Internet


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On April 16, the deputies of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament have adopted in the third and final reading amendments to the laws ‘On Telecommunication’ and ‘On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection’, which ar commonly known as ‘the law on the autonomy (isolation) of the Russian segment of the Internet (Runet)’.

State Duma: 307 for, 68 against. Picture by Meduza

The amendments provide for measures to ensure the functioning of the Runet in the conditions of disconnecting from global servers. The draft bill was presented to the State Duma at the end of 2018. In their explanation, its authors said that they had taken cognizance of ‘aggressive nature’ of the US national cyber security concept. The project offered an opportunity to minimize sending abroad the data which Russian users exchange among themselves, the authors promised. Many Russians fear that the initiative might contribute to creating a kind of ‘iron curtain’ on the web.

Hands off the Internet! Moscow protesting against ‘autonomy of Runet’ (photos)

The ‘isolation’ law will come into force on November 1, 2019; while its certain provisions (those on cryptographic protection of information and on the national domain name system) will become effective on January 1, 2021.

The Federation Council, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, will consider the law on April 22, senator and co-legislator Andrey Klishas told

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