Upper house of Russian parliament approves bill on sovereign Internet
MOSCOW, April 22 (RAPSI) – The Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, approved a bill ensuring security and availability of Russian Internet (Runet) in case of its isolation from the global network on Monday.
The State Duma adopted the initiative on April 16.
The document has been drafted taking into account “a violent nature of the U.S. National Cybersecurity Strategy adopted in September 2018,” an explanatory note to the initiative reads. The Strategy accuses Russia of committing hacking attacks without evidence, according to the draft law’s sponsors.
Lawmakers believe that under such conditions there is a need for protective measures to ensure a long-term and robustness of Internet in Russia and to improve performance reliability of Russian websites.
The initiative envisages creation of infrastructure that would assure security and operability of Russian Internet resources in case of inaccessibility of national providers’ connection to foreign root servers.
Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor would be authorized to coordinate provision of stable, secure and seamless Internet throughout Russia.
The bill is expected to take effect on November 1, 2019, if signed into law. Provisions on information cryptosecurity and national system of domain names are to become effective on January 1, 2021.