Is Russia planning to ‘log out’ of the World Wide Web?
Amid the Ukraine conflict, Moscow hints that it's ready to isolate itself from the global internet. But experts say that isn’t easy
Between June and July of 2021, Russia cut itself off from the global internet network in a series of radical experiments aimed at testing if the country has what it takes to survive going “offline.” It was an attempt to prepare officials for an event when Russia might be blocked from using the world wide web. As things stand, Moscow might just be preparing to put that idea to the real test, which could potentially unplug an estimated 100 million Russian internet users from the rest of the world. Amid the conflict with Ukraine that has invited harsh western sanctions, Russia is believed to be actively considering ways to isolate itself from the global network as it tries to protect sensitive…
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