Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev declared this week Russia is ready ‘legally and technologically’ to unplug from the global internet.
Although the drastic move is unlikely, the Russian government wants to be able to survive electronically if the measure is needed.
While Medvedev said Russia is capable of isolating its internet from the global web, he stressed that he didn’t see any reason to do so, calling it a “double-edged weapon,” reported The Moscow Times.
Medvedev, who is currently deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said that the U.S. retains “key rights of control” to the internet which could result in Russia being disconnected from the global internet “if something extraordinary happens.” Pointing to another example, he also said Russia could also be disconnected from the SWIFT international payment system.
“We even had to create our own system for transmitting information so that we can exchange electronic messages if this suddenly happens,” he said.