Another great idea for Our Liberals: Kremlin aims to unplug Russian internet from World Wide Web | DW | 12.02.2019 The idea of creating a wholly Russian internet is backed by various ministries in charge of security and information. In Tuesday's debate in the Duma, however, some lawmakers expressed concern about the potential expense of the project. Critics have also argued that it would worsen internet service in Russia. The law's text does not make it clear how unplugging Russia from the global internet would work in practice. The plan could mean that Russian telecom firms would have to provide internet exchange points that can be controlled by the national telecom watchdog, Roskomnadzor. That way the communications regulator could block content and keep traffic between Russian users inside the country, where it cannot be intercepted by international actors. According to an explanatory note, the project would allow the domestic internet to continue working even when disconnected from non-Russian root servers. That means that the country would be prepared should other countries attempt to cut Russia off from the internet. And the law's authors have been specific about who it aims to counter: They classify the bill as a response to "the aggressive character of the US strategy on national cybersecurity passed in September 2018." The US document explicitly calls Russia out for "reckless cyberattacks" and categorizes the country as one of its "strategic adversaries."