Putin's Internet adviser says Russia is ready to be cut off from online world

Putin's Internet adviser says Russia is ready to be cut off from online world
German Klimenko Photo: Kommersant

German Klimenko said there is already a Russian segment of the Internet for civil servants only.

Russia is technologically ready to be disconnected from the global network, although this process cannot be painless, said German Klimenko, the adviser to President Vladimir Putin on Internet development issues in an interview with Kirill Pozdnyakov for NTV.

"Technologically, we are ready for any measures now, [even though] failures always happen when switching from one technology to another," said Klimenko as cited by Interfax. “If tomorrow our colleagues disconnect us from the switch, I don’t know if it will be painless, they did promise it would be. [Though] I am sure that it will not be painless."

"Somewhere someone will turn off something. They could find out that someone kept their data abroad, despite the decree to store it here. Someone was hosting their domains abroad. So, they will probably experience some difficulties," he went on.

"But there are no contra-indications when it comes to hardware and software, so that we could all live right and well, even if they declare a war like Crimean isolation," Klimenko added.

He said there is a Russian segment of the Internet for civil servants only. "All officials, all state institutions are behind a kind of a large "Chinese firewall." The thing they demonize. But everyone is fine so far," the presidential adviser said.

Klimenko reminded that the government decree of 2010 implied a switch to domestic software within five years. "Only one agency has made the switch over the five years: the Federal Bailiffs Service. I would rather not use the word "sabotage". But they showed us clearly that we must take care of our home and hang locks on the door. And have something of our own. It’s true," Klimenko concluded.

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