Russian telecom operators will test the “sovereign Internet” on December 23

The Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation sent a letter to the operators informing them of the conduct of exercises in accordance with the “sovereign Internet” law on December 23 instead of 19, as previously planned.


By a letter dated 12/11/2019, the Ministry of Digital Development, Telecommunications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation informed of the postponement of the exercises on December 19, 2019 “ensuring the stable, safe and holistic functioning of the Internet and the public telecommunications network in the Russian Federation” for December 23, 2019.

The Ministry confirmed the information, noting that they plan to regularly conduct such exercises in the future. The Internet publication “Meduza” reports that the department’s task is to check “the possibility of intercepting subscriber traffic and disclosing information about the subscriber, blocking communication services for subscribers”.

The ministry noted that these procedures will not affect consumers of services that use the Internet.

At the last press conference, answering a question about this law, the President of the Russian Federation explained: “The concepts of free and sovereign Internet do not contradict each other … The law is aimed only at one thing – to prevent negative consequences with the possible disconnection of the network, which is largely controlled by abroad … We are not moving towards the closure of the Internet and are not going to do it”.

We remind you that the law “on sovereign Internet” was signed by V. Putin on May 1, 2019, in order to “ensure the stable operation of the Russian segment of the Internet in the event of a disconnection from the global network or coordinated attacks”. The adoption of this law provoked a lot of controversy and high-profile statements in RuNet. Many users compared the situation with China, in which the Internet is tightly regulated by the state. But technically, the likelihood of such a situation is low.

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