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Russian Federation is going to temporarily unplug from the internet as part of what the country is calling a planned experiment. It will keep all the data that are circulating between the citizens and organisations in Russian within the borders of the country instead of passing through worldwide routes.

The test could take place before 1 April, after a group of private and state-run providers said they would participate, London's Telegraph reports.

The experiment must show whether Russia will continue to function if Internet traffic remains in the country, writes ZDNet on the basis of the Russian news organization RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK).

Its measures include the creation of the own internet address system that is exclusive to Russian Federation so that its online access could continue once the connections to worldwide servers were cut. The bill's authors claim that Russia's internet will be protected in the event of a cyber-attack as the country will now have a self-contained internet infrastructure.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Western allies have warned Russian Federation they would impose sanctions over cyber attacks and online interference.

Moscow has also said it will look into alternatives to the system that translated internet names into computer-readable form, the Domain Name System, which is administered by a California-based non-profit, ICANN, according to NPR.

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Russian internet providers are working with the government to execute this temporary internet blackout.

A draft law called the Digital Economy National Program was introduced to parliament previous year that would force all state internet providers to re-route internet traffic through exchange points managed by Russia's telecommunications regulator, Roskomndazor.

The bill also proposes installing network equipment that would be able to identify the source of web traffic and also block banned content.

The project has received support from Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

The proposed law, fully endorsed by President Putin, is expected to pass. Finding the proper technical methods to disconnect Russian Federation from the internet with minimal downtime to consumers and government agencies is still being discussed.

Russian Federation is preparing itself to be disconnected from the World Wide Web.


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