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The Russian Security Council has asked the country's government to
develop an independent internet infrastructure for
BRICS nations, which would continue to work in the event
of global internet malfunctions.
The initiative was discussed at the October meeting of the Security
Council, which is Russia's top consultative body on national
Vladimir Putin personally set a deadline of August 1,
2018 for the completion of the task, the RBC news agency reported.
While discussing the issue, members of the council noted that,
capabilities of western nations to conduct offensive operations
in the informational space as well as the increased readiness to
exercise these capabilities pose a serious threat to Russia's
They decided that the
problem should be addressed by creating a separate backup system of
Domain Name Servers (DNS), which would not be subject to
control by international organizations.
This system would be used
by countries of the BRICS bloc:
The issue of excessive
dependency on global DNS has previously been addressed by Russia.
In 2014, the Russian
Communications Ministry conducted a major exercise in which it
simulated the "switching off" of global internet services and used a
Russian backup system to successfully support web operations inside
However, when reporters asked Vladimir Putin's Press Secretary
Dmitry Peskov if the country's
authorities had been considering disconnecting from the global
internet in 2014, Peskov dismissed these allegations as false.
disconnection from the global internet is of course out of the
question," Peskov told the Interfax news agency.
However, the official
also emphasized that,
"recently, a fair
share of unpredictability is present in the actions of our
partners both in the U.S. and the EU, and we [Russia] must be
prepared for any turn of events."
"We all know
who the chief administrator of
the global internet is (...the U.S.). And due to its
volatility, we have to think about how to ensure our
national security," said Peskov.
It's not about
disconnecting Russia from the World Wide Web, he added, but about,
"protecting it from
possible external influence."