Russia: Duma approves third reading of ‘sovereign internet’ bill

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Russia’s lower house of parliament approved the third reading of a draft law aimed allowing the Russian internet segment (Runet) to operate autonomously in case of a global web shutdown in Moscow on Tuesday.

“The federal law on information, information technologies and the protection of information, in particular, providing reliable internet on the territory of the Russian Federation” was approved by a majority of 68.2 percent.

If the bill is signed into law, internet providers will be expected to install equipment that routes Russian internet traffic through servers in the country. The measure is intended to ensure reliable internet and protect it from interference from hostile states.

The bill still needs to be approved by Federal Council, before being signed into law by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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