Science&Tech Russia tests ‘local’ internet that does not depend on root NS authorities By WeeklyNews staff Posted on February 12, 2019 2 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Russian authorities and internet providers are going to shut down Russia from the rest of the internet. It is a planned test. The experiment must show whether Russia will continue to function if Internet traffic remains in the country, writes ZDNet on the basis of the Russian news organization RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK). The Russian parliament submitted a bill about this at the end of last year. It states that the Russian internet must be able to work completely on its own. The country can then fall back if a situation arises in which Russia wants to shut itself off from the outside world. Russian telecom providers must incorporate “technical solutions” to enable internet traffic to pass via points approved by or owned by Roskomnadzor, the Russian telecom watchdog. In this way, Russia wants to ensure that internet traffic between Russian users stays within the country and not via foreign servers, because they could be bugged. ‘Major disruptions in internet traffic’ It is not known when the test will take place. Internet providers would have agreed with the proposal, but not with the technical measures that have to be taken. According to the providers, it will lead to major disruptions in Russian Internet traffic. Russia has been trying to keep internet traffic within the national borders for some time. In 2017, Russian authorities argued that 95 per cent of internet traffic in 2020 should be carried out within Russia.