Klishas’s bill on Russian Internet’s autonomous work will require $27.2mn+

Klishas’s bill on Russian Internet’s autonomous work will require $27.2mn+
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The draft law on the sustainability of the Russian Internet segment was submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation for consideration in December 2018.

In the case of disconnection from the global infrastructure of the global Internet, it is planned to spend more than 1.8 billion rubles ($27.2 million) to create the Public Communications Network Control Center as part of the bill on the autonomous work of the Russian segment of the Internet (Runet). “These funds are required only to launch this project,” a source familiar with the situation told Interfax. 

In 2019, it is planned to allocate 597 million rubles ($9 million) from the budget, 699 million rubles ($10.5 million) in 2020, and 546 million rubles ($8.2 million) in 2021. The relevant data are contained in the federal law “On the federal budget for 2019 and the planned period of 2020 and 2021.” 

According to the draft passport of the national program Digital Economy, approved by the government, Roskomnadzor will have a year (from October 2019 to October 2020) to develop software and hardware for monitoring and managing the public telecommunications network. 

Despite that Deputy Head of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation Oleg Ivanov stated that most of the costly proposals contained in the bill “have already been taken into account in the Digital Economy program,” Russian telecom operators fear that the law may be an additional financial burden for them. 

To recall, it was previously reported that the government of the Russian Federation had supported the bill of Senator Andrey Klishas on ensuring the autonomous operation of the Russian Internet segment in case of disconnection from the global infrastructure of the world Internet. The Cabinet of Ministers recommended that the lawmakers determine the sources of funding to provide telecom operators with the necessary equipment for traffic. The government also noted that the installation of equipment on the operators’ networks under the draft law on the Russian Internet sustainability should not affect the quality of communications in Russia.

The draft law on the sustainability of the Russian Internet segment was submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation for consideration in December 2018. The initiative was proposed by Andrey Klishas, head of the Federation Council’s committee on constitutional legislation and state construction, Lyudmila Bokova, his first deputy, and Andrey Lugovoy, a State Duma deputy. Explaining the importance of adopting the law, the MPs referred to the “aggressive nature of the US National Cyber Security Strategy adopted in September 2018.” Klishas, Bokova, and Lugovoy focused on the fact that the US President declared the principle of “maintaining peace by force.” “Russia is directly and unprovenly accused of hacker attacks, it is frankly said about the punishment: ‘Russia, Iran, and North Korea have conducted a series of irresponsible cyber attacks that caused damage to American and international companies, our allies and partners, and have yet to face appropriate punishment, which could deter cyber attacks in the future,’” the explanatory note of the parliamentarians said.

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