Reasons Russia Might Shut Off the Internet

Reasons Russia Might Shut Off the Internet

On the fine morning of Sunday March 10 2019, thousands of people were gathered in the center of Moscow to protest the proposed new legislation cracking down on Internet freedom in Russia. They waved or swayed placards saying NO to Digital Enslaving” ,“Save the Internet, “Isolation—it’s Death,” and Save Russia,”. “Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, who was watching the protests from his Television, was dreadfully surprised. “One of the rally speakers claimed that the Kremlin wanted to press a button and switch the Internet off,” Peskov told to the Russian wire agency Interfax that “It is absolutely wrong! Why are not they concerned that somebody on the other side of the Atlantic will press this button?”
Dmitry Peskov was reverberant official propaganda, who claims that the new legislation is essential to stop the United States from cutting the Russia off from the Internet. But the protesters have good reason to believe that it is the Kremlin, not some Western conspiracy that is endangering their Internet access.
In the month of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law making it a crime to publish “fake news” or “disrespect of the authorities” of Russia on social media. The other proposed or put forward bill on “digital sovereignty” whose aims is to provide the Kremlin with the ability to cut off a particular Russian region or whole Russia, from the global Internet at any time. Both of different bills deal with different things at the same time — infrastructure and content—but they both have the same goal, one that Putin has wanted to achieve for two decades: expropriating the people of the means to start a new revolution.

Reasons Russia Might Shut Off the Internet

In the 1991, Putin and his associates from the KGB were shocked by the unforeseen collapse of the Soviet Union of Russia. They did not want any more surprises. As early as 1999, Putin proclaimed that his goal was the political stability—the preservation of the regime. Putin’s advisers suggested a simple solution to the threat of revolution: controlling the means by which they thought people organized. During the Putin’s first term, the government brought the opposition parties, trade unions and independent TV channels to heel.

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