Russia is making plans to ensure state control over the country’s internet traffic in a national emergency, Russian media report.
War or an Arab Spring-style uprising would class as such an emergency.
Plans for boosting cyber security are reported to be under discussion in Russia’s Security Council. They include a back-up in case Russia is cut off from the internet, Vedomosti news says.
Russia currently relies heavily on foreign hosting of websites.
When asked about the special meeting a Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said US and European actions recently “have been marked by a fair degree of unpredictability, and we have to be ready for anything”.
Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine conflict now target many senior Russian officials, as well as Russia’s oil industry, arms manufacturers and state banks.
Western leaders accuse Russia of destabilising Ukraine by supplying soldiers and heavy weapons to separatist forces there.
Russia’s Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said that “recently Russia has come up against the one-sided language of sanctions.
“In these conditions we are working on scenarios in which our respected partners suddenly decide to cut us off from the internet.”
In January 2011 the Egyptian state blocked internet traffic inside the country after opposition groups organised protests through social media, especially on Facebook and Twitter.
Full article: Russia plans state controls in case of internet crisis (BBC)