Russia has said that it has successfully tested its sovereign internet, a country-wide alternative to the global internet.
RuNet, as the internet service is known , was tested on Monday to ensure the security of its internet infrastructure in case
the country would like to cut itself off from the global internet.
Deputy communications minister Alexei Sokolov said the results of the tests would be presented to President Vladimir Putin, and added that the drills would continue in the future.
Four telecoms operators took part, with 18 different scenarios tested.
Internet rights activists have noted that the measures could tighten censorship and lead to online isolation. Russian authorities also tried to ensure that it was
possible to intercept mobile phone traffic and text messages, Sokolov said.
Russia has passed a law banning the sale of devices, including smartphones, computers and smart TVs, that are not pre-installed with Russian software. The law will come into force in July 2020.
Proponents of the legislation say it is aimed at
promoting Russian technology and making it easier for people in the country to use the gadgets they buy. But of course the move also enables better surveillance and internet control for the authorities.
Foreign apps will still be allowed for the
moment though as long as there are Russian alternatives installed too.
The legislation was passed by Russia's lower house of parliament on Thursday. A complete list of the gadgets affected and the Russian-made software that needs to be
pre-installed will be determined by the government.