Audit Chamber opposes draft law on autonomous Runet introduced by deputy Klishas

Audit Chamber opposes draft law on autonomous Runet introduced by deputy Klishas

The implementation of the program “contains the risk of increasing expenses of budgets of all levels.”

The Audit Chamber gave a negative review regarding the bill introduced by senator Andrey Klishas on the creation of autonomous Runet. The implementation of the initiative, according to the Chamber, will lead to unforeseen expenses from the state budget. Providers will have to install additional equipment at the expense of Roskomnadzor to counter network threats. In addition, the bill proposes the creation of a monitoring center and holding exercises to increase information security and sustainability, Kommersant reports.

“Tha being said, the draft law cannot be supported,” the Audit Chamber stated, as the federal budget for 2020–2021 does not provide for the indicated expenses.

According to the auditors, the implementation of the given legislative initiative “will lead to an increase in the cost of goods and services on the Russian market, which contains the risk of increasing expenses of budgets of all levels of the Russian budget system.” The author of the bill himself said that the state would allocate 20 billion rubles ($ 304 million) for the autonomous Runet, and Interfax reported that only the monitoring center would require about 600 million rubles ($ 9 million).

Earlier, Roskomnadzor and the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media supported the bill. The Government recommended introducing certain amendments, but generally approved the idea. The bill was submitted to the State Duma in December 2018 due to fears of Russia being cut off from the World Wide Web against the backdrop of the foreign policy crisis.

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