6 Feb 2019 18:22

Law on autonomous Runet doesn't envisage disconnection of users from Web - author

MOSCOW. Feb 6 (Interfax) - The implementation of the bill on the autonomous Runet does not envisage disconnection of users from the Web, Andrei Lugovoi, State Duma deputy and a co-author of the initiative, said.

He disagreed with the concerns on this matter stated in media reports. "We are not going to disconnect anyone. But we are in a state of threats from our opponents. They are technological, when the work of the Internet may be disrupted; information threats," Lugovoi said on Wednesday at a meeting of the State Duma Committee on Natural Resources, Property and Land Relations, which is a co-author of the bill.

"It is impossible to switch the Internet off altogether, the Internet will continue working as such, but it will become impossible to use it in the form in which it is now," he said.

"The Internet was created by the U.S. Department of Defense, there are 13 root servers in the world, there cannot be more of them technologically, where all domain names are stored," he said. "All these 13 servers are in the NATO countries, the entire population of Russia will not be able to communicate inside the country or outside it f these root servers go off," the deputy said.

"The law needs to be adopted as soon as possible," Lugovoi said.