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 Putin Is Considering Unplugging The Internet In Russia During Protests Or War

Russia is considering measures to protect its cyberspace from the "unpredictable" West, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Friday after a newspaper said Moscow was contemplating unplugging the Internet during protests or war.

According to Censor.NET, the Vedomosti newspaper, citing industry sources, said that Putin will convene Monday a meeting of the country's Security Council to discuss possible restrictions on the Russian cyberspace -- the last forum for free expression in the country, Business Insider writes.

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Vedomosti said authorities were contemplating measures to unplug Russia from the global web in emergency situations such as major protests or military hostilities.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the Security Council meeting would take place but declined to discuss its agenda. He said authorities were not planning to disconnect Russian cyberspace from the global web but needed to take measures to protect the country from the "unpredictable" West.

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"Taking into account the complete unpredictability of the United States and European Union, Russia is taking measures to ensure its own security," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP.

"Security measures for the Russian Internet are constantly discussed at various levels and at various ministries taking into account the unpredictability of our foreign partners," he added.

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Citing several communications providers, Internet firms and non-governmental organisations, Vedomosti said several more meetings next week involving senior officials will address "the work of the Russian segment of the Internet in emergency situations."

Authorities are planning to adopt measures "strengthening the sovereignty of the Russian segment of the World Wide Web" that could include the powers to unplug Russia from the Web in special circumstances such as major rallies or military hostilities, the newspaper said citing sources.

Officials would like to have the measures in place by early next year, the newspaper said. The communications ministry declined immediate comment.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n303404