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Kremlin not considering introduction of Internet filters

April 19, 12:42 UTC+3

The Kremlin spokesman was asked if the Russian authorities were going to introduce a system of filters that would make it possible to control Internet traffic the way China does

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MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has heard nothing about any plans the Kremlin might be considering to launch an equivalent of China’s firewall that would allow for isolating the Russian segment of the world web Runet from the global network.

"No, I’ve not heard anything about that," Peskov said when asked if the Russian authorities were going to introduce a system of filters that would make it possible to control Internet traffic the way China does.

Russian presidential adviser for Internet affairs, German Klimenko has never suggested using China’s method of controlling the Internet for maintaining cybersecurity. While delivering a lecture on Russia’s information security within the framework of the course Army and Society he merely presented a review of the existing world practices.

"What I had in mind is that if the Internet is restricted, it is easier to maintain security. Restricting internet in Russia the way China has done was not on the agenda," he explained.

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