Who Benefits From Horror Stories About an Internet Ban in Russia?

Well, concerning “Znak“, it is hardly to be expected from such a little website that its journalists, editors, and management at least at the level of an advanced user will understand what the Internet is and how it works. Especially when these persons also do not want to bother themselves with a professional approach to business. Their destiny is regional gossip and scandals now and forever and ever. But when the same blizzard is carried on “Radio Svoboda“, a media resource that promotes the American view of everything that is happening in the world, it is, gentlemen, no longer provincial conscientiousness or bad taste, but uniform disinformation.

In short, the liberal media again winded its street organ about the isolation of the Russian segment of the Internet. “Znak” and “Radio Svoboda” published the views of “Internet experts” (this is evidently a euphemism – instead of combat hamsters) pulled out of God know’s where concerning the law on sovereign Internet. And these figures, who introduced themselves as Aleksandr Isavnin and Mikhail Klimarev, start to root for freedom of the Internet in Russia.

Isavnin’s argument is entirely based on the Russian Internet’s comparison with the Internet in China. To be sure, the Chinese managed to isolate their network through the initial construction of a large firewall on the border of China. They did not cut off the outside world, but immediately built their own network with their own websites and applications. In addition, they have a population 10 times larger, which makes it possible to create their own civilisation that can exist independently of the outside world. In Russia, continues “expert” of “Radio Svoboda”, attempts are made to restrict external providers rather than build internal Internet. And this will inevitably lead to the blocking of half of the country’s networks.

“Firstly, those who want to bypass the big Chinese firewall safely bypass it. All Chinese markets and shops selling cell phones you can install a VPN. Secondly: I recently read a very remarkable study that if Russia had not had the First World War, there would have been no repression, there would have been no Second World War, about 500 million Russian speakers would have lived. Actually, in order to form your civilisation, which can fold and cook in its own juice, you need about as many people. The Chinese have a billion. The Chinese can become isolated simply because they are able to create their own culture and consume it themselves. It is possible to close China as a country, but we are not talking about the Internet yet. Why did the Chinese ‘succeed’? The Chinese government initially followed the development of the Internet. They immediately built a large Chinese firewall on their border. The Russian Internet until 2010 developed as being completely free. In addition, the Chinese isolate their country from something external, they do not allow ‘Google’ but they have their own civilisation, they have other applications. Isolation occurs between China and non-China. The Russian law on the sovereign Internet and the blockages that are already taking place work within the country, including between operators. The Chinese government restricts its citizens from accessing some foreign information, but does not cut down on what is happening inside the country. They do not destroy the infrastructure, they do not destroy the market inside the country.”

“Svoboda” and “Znak” echo. Some Mikhail Klimarev also claims that the Russian authorities do not understand what they are interfering in. After all, the Chinese initially, for example, put filtering systems at the border, and Google was not allowed into the country. And we have the same systems put on providers. And only about a third of sites on “Google” work. And if it is turned off or blocked, half the country will stop working.

In Ekaterinburg, the test of ‘sovereign Runet’ has not yet caused large-scale failures online

There is someone who talks about China, where, despite the ‘great Chinese firewall’, everything works. But the difference between Chinese and Russian architecture is that filtration and control systems in Russia are placed on the Telecom operators, but in China they are placed on the border between China and the other world. In China, even if the filtering systems break down, the Internet will work inside the country. But in Russia if something breaks at the provider, there will be failures all over the country.

Disabling Google will cut off 30% of all Russian sites. In my opinion, even including Kremlin.ru (website of the Presidential Administration), because there are ‘Google’ fonts.

The economy will not be hit where we expect. Anything can fall: the medical system or the gas pipeline control system, now it is impossible predict.”

It is not surprising that “experts” speak almost in unison – they are both members of the “Society for the Protection of the Internet”, founded by Leonid Volkov, the closest associate of the controversial video blogger Aleksey Navalny. However, their active civil position and understanding of the principles of the work of the “great Chinese firewall” do not at all indicate that the gentlemen Isavnin and Klimarev also understand the laws, or that they at least read them carefully. Judging by how they managed to distort the meaning of the sovereign internet law, it is likely they only heard about it through someone’s incompetent synopsis.

As the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technologies, and Communications Leonid Levin explained, Russia is not talking about isolating the Russian Internet at all. The Sovereign Internet Act only stipulates measures to preserve the functioning of the system if the usual channels are disabled. After all, every day the Internet is inoperable will bring our country about 20 billion rubles of losses. This is why the Law “On Sustainable Internet” defines the order of traffic routing and the necessary infrastructure in case of failure of foreign root systems.

Thus, the bill is aimed not at disconnecting the Russian segment of the global Internet from the world system, but, on the contrary, at the possibility of its normal functioning even in conditions of the unavailability of sources outside the borders of the Russian Federation. This, figuratively expressed, is not blinds on windows blocking sunlight, but an internal light source, in case the sun sets. Such a system has no resemblance to Chinese firewalls.

It seems that attempts are being made to artificially whip up the topic of the Russian Internet’s isolation. At a time when the election protests have reached their logical conclusion and the wave of indignation raised by the liberal crowd over the trials of the instigators of the Moscow disorder is also on the decline, the purpose of such attacks is to maintain Russian society’s dissatisfaction with the authorities.

Who needs this, and why? The same persons who categorically do not accept the stability and development of the Russian economy. The West only needs us as a source of resources and labour. So they throw in hastily made fakes to destroy Russia as a society and a state, leaving only a mob.


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