Russia Successfully Tests its Own Internet

The Russian government has been working to produce a sovereign internet to disconnect from the rest of the world. The idea was to limit the entire population of Russia to a countrywide intranet that is restricted from accessing the global internet.

They have now successfully tested the idea, disconnecting the country from the rest of the world for security and independence.

The Russian government hasn’t provided any technical details on how they made it possible, but they did reveal testing different scenarios, one of which involved a foreign cyberattack.

However, in simple words, the initiative restricts access points in the Russian Internet (RuNet) that allow connection with the global internet. All traffic trying to access the external internet is rerouted to Russian counterparts of the same website. Social media website VK, for example, is a Russain alternative for Facebook.

Russian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecommunication companies will need to limit RuNet to the country’s borders and the government will have complete surveillance over it.

Alexei Sokolov, deputy head of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media said:

It turned out that, in general, that both authorities and telecom operators are ready to effectively respond to possible risks and threats and ensure the functioning of the Internet and the unified telecommunication network in Russia.

He added that the test results will be presented to President Vladimir Putin next year.


    • This is not an achievement. They’re trying to oppress their population and don’t want their population’s voice to be heard internationally. This is the same model as North Korea. So if this is an achievement then North Korea is a utopia.

      • There were non-registered cross-border internet links which were used to attack servers inside Russia, but also to attack from Russia (not necessarily by Russian citizens or companies). Do not forget CIA and Islamist terrorists targeting Russia. They use non-registered links to perform their infernal attacks.
        Russia decided to sever all illegal cross-border links so that in case of any kind of war they know their internal internet network is safe from hacks.
        Notice that since Putin came to power again uses typewriters and paper inside Kremlin for all secrets, so there is nothing to be hacked and stolen ;-)

        Similar to this, majority of Russian banks just few years ago used SWIFT (and dollars) for bank transfer INSIDE Russia, so Russia forced all banks to switch to national bank-transfer system and to rubble in all domestic transactions. So if ever, or better WHEN Russian banks are cut from SWIFT system, it will not cause chaos inside Russia, but only problems for international transactions and only in dollars.

        “Freedom” is irrelevant if you are not safe. Imagine some one wants to brake into your house, and even though you have excellent alarm system, they are able to come inside unnoticed because you did not know about door at the back of your house…

  • There were non-registered cross-border internet links which were used to attack servers inside Russia, but also to attack from Russia (not necessarily by Russian citizens or companies). Do not forget CIA and Islamist terrorists targeting Russia. They use non-registered links to perform their infernal attacks.
    Russia decided to sever all illegal cross-border links so that in case of any kind of war they know their internal internet network is safe from hacks.


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