Russia's sovereign internet (2019 onward)

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Date 2019 onward
Actor Russia
Victims N/A
Target systems Internet infrastructure and service providers in Russia
Method Amendments to Russia’s law governing communication and information technology, popularly dubbed as the “Sovereign Internet Law”, pave the way for state-controlled and centralized management of telecommunication networks.[1] This includes a mechanism for control of internet traffic crossing Russia’s borders.[1] As part of this policy, Russia performed an exercise in December 2019 where it ‘unplugged’ its network from the broader Internet, in order to demonstrate successful isolation of its networks.[2]
Purpose Ostensibly, achieving internet sovereignty
Result Not a lot of details about the effects of the experiment on other jurisdictions are in the public domain, but reports claim that the exercise did not have an effect on ordinary users in Russia.[2]
Aftermath N/A
Analysed in Scenario 24: Internet blockage

Collected by: Gurshabad Grover & Arindrajit Basu

  1. 1.0 1.1 Alena Epifanova, ‘Deciphering Russia’s “Sovereign Internet Law”: Tightening Control and Accelerating the Splinternet’ Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia 2020, Policy Brief 2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jane Wakefield, ‘ Russia “Successfully Tests” Its Unplugged Internet’ BBC News (24 December 2019)