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Stable Runet law has nothing in common with Chinese system, says watchdog

Head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov explained the difference between 'white' and 'black' lists

MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. The law on the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment (Runet) has nothing in common with the Chinese system of Internet regulation, head of the Russian telecom and mass media watchdog Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov said on Monday at the plenary session in the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian diet.

"It has no relation to China at all," the official said. "China is working under the ‘white list’ principle: these items are allowed, the others are banned. This law anticipates application of the ‘black list’: only items covered by the law will be prohibited," Zharov said.

Bench tests of the required equipment were completed, the official noted. "We are working with the operators; there will be no disturbances in providing services to citizens," he added.

About law

The Federation Council approved the draft law on the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment (Runet) in case the country is disconnected from the global Internet infrastructure at a plenary meeting on Monday.

According to the law, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media will be responsible for the coordination of ensuring the stable, secure and seamless function of the Internet in Russia. It is provided that in case threats to stable Internet operation in Russia arise, the service can exercise centralized control over the communication network of general use. Moreover, the government can determine the types of threats and measures to eliminate them.

If the bill passes all stages of approval, the law will take effect in November 2019, save for provisions on cryptographic protection of data and national domain name system, which will come into force on January 1, 2021.