Russia wants to slow down the foreign segment of the Internet to the speed of the 1990s – Bellingcat investigator Grozev

“We received information that a specific plan has now been prepared for the disappearance of the Internet in Russia through an accreditation system for all hosting providers. Those who are accredited will be required to provide full information, including SSL sessions, including logins, IP addresses, FSB for each of their users, and there will be no anonymity at all, “he said.

According to the investigator, “those that will not be accredited, including YouTube, including all worldwide, Twitter and so on, they will gradually, over the course of two years, have speed limits.”

“The extreme speed in two years will be 24 kbps,” Grozev said.

He explained that this is the speed at which people connected to the Internet from a phone in the 1990s.


From November 1, 2019 in the Russian Federation came into force most of the provisions of the law on ensuring the safe functioning of the Russian segment of the Internet. According to the document, Internet providers were obliged to install equipment provided by Roskomnadzor, with the help of which the department carries out centralized network management in the event of security threats. If necessary, Roskomnadzor will be able to disconnect the Russian segment of the Internet from the worldwide network.

On February 1, 2021, ex-president, deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia has the resources and technologies to disconnect from the internet.

Roskomnadzor in March slowed down Twitter 100% mobile and 50% stationary. Officials explained this decision the need to force the social network to comply with the law RF. The department was unhappy with the fact that Twitter did not remove more than 3 thousand publications with calls for suicide among teenagers, child pornography and information about drug use.



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