The test, expected to be carried out before April 1, will see whether online data can be passed between citizens and organizations inside the country without having to be routed internationally, the report said. ISPs in the region are now preparing to test a system that would re-route web traffic in Russian Federation to exchange points controlled by Russia's telecom agency, Roskomnazor, ZDNet says.
The bill also proposes installing network equipment that would be able to identify the source of web traffic and also block banned content.
It would gather data as politicians assess the Digital Economy National Program, a draft law that would require the country's internet providers to ensure that Russia's internet can operate in isolation if a foreign power cuts it off. Natalya Kaspersky, Director of Russian cyber-security firm InfoWatch, and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, presides over the group, which also includes major Russian telcos such as MegaFon, Beeline, MTS, RosTelecom, and others.
The formal objective of the new test is to ensure that the Russian internet can function independently in the event that access is cut off by other countries.
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Russia's response comes as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries announced several times that they were mulling a stronger response to cyber attacks, of which Russian Federation is constantly accused of carrying out.
Some opposition figures were sceptical about the plan to temporarily disconnect from the global internet.
The test would involve temporarily unplugging from the global network and routing all data within the country instead of through worldwide servers. This initiative has been compared to China's Great Firewall, which allows the Chinese government to control the flow of information across the internet.
The rather odd decision by Vladimir Putin's country to prepare to close off its internet connections from the outside world comes in response to what local news agency RosBiznesKonsalting* (RBK) described as a new draft law "on a sustainable Runet".