Russian parliament approves bill to isolate country's internet

Russia plans to switch its internet off and on again to see how it copes

Kozlyuk also warned of Russian Federation isolating itself from the rest of the world with the proposed plan.

However, some observers told the British publication that they believe the move is another step toward duplicating China's Great Firewall - which restricts access of that country's internet users to content approved by the communist government - in Russian Federation.

The move would be part of an experiment to see whether its cyberdefenses could manage an attack from a foreign power, according to Russian outlet RBK.

Russian authorities and internet providers will conduct a test to make sure data passing between its citizens and organizations can stay inside the country rather than being routed internationally, ZDNet reports. ISPs in the region are now preparing to test a system that would re-route web traffic in Russian Federation to exchange points controlled by Russia's telecom agency, Roskomnazor, ZDNet says.

The government has agreed to provide funding towards these tests and goals, which are not now scheduled but are meant to take place before April 1.

The government wants this ability to ensure they can protect their Internet assets from foreign aggression and be able to route all traffic internally.

That includes targetting the U.S.'s critical infrastructure sectors and interfering in the US election. There has been talk of increased sanctions against Russian Federation by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union, in retaliation for cyber attacks and other online intrusions Russian Federation is accused of carrying out.

Some opposition figures were sceptical about the plan to temporarily disconnect from the global internet.

Ostensibly the goal of the legislation is to protect the Russian internet from the United States, which has an offensive cybersecurity strategy and lists Russia as one of the major sources of hacking attacks.

The "creation of a "red button" that gives the state more ways of disconnecting the country from the global network", could further isolate Russians from the outside world, he said. And web traffic in Syria plunged to zero on a number of occasions over several years.

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