In Russia, exercises were held to disconnect the Runet from the global network, sources told RBC. They were preliminarily recognized as successful. In 2020, the exercise was postponed due to the pandemic.
On November 1, 2019, the law on “sovereign runet” came into force in Russia. It obliges operators to install technical means of countering threats on networks that will filter traffic and restrict access to prohibited sites. In the event of a threat to the stability and functioning of the Russian segment of the Internet, the centralized management of the network will be transferred to Roskomnadzor.
The exercises are described in the materials of the Information Security working group at the Digital Economy ANO. However, their purpose is not specified in the documents. “The purpose of the exercise is to determine the possibility of Runet operation in the event of external distortions, blockages and other threats. The official results have not yet been summed up, the exercises were preliminarily recognized as successful, ”the source said. Another source said that “the possibility of physically disconnecting the Russian part of the Internet was being tested.” According to RBC, operators of the Big Four, as well as Rostelecom, Transtelecom and ER-Telecom Holding, took part in the exercise.
Roskomnadzor said the exercises are held annually and are aimed at “improving the integrity, stability and security of the infrastructure of the Russian segment of the Internet.” The representative of the department did not confirm or deny the information about testing the disconnection of the Runet from the global network.
According to Kommersant's information, in the spring, systemic failures began to occur in the networks of large federal and regional operators due to the operation of Roskomnadzor equipment installed to enforce the law on “sovereign runet”. To restore work, some companies had to temporarily shut down their equipment.
More details – in the material of “Kommersant” “Failures for independence”.