In 4 days, exactly next March 11, Russia could be officially “out” from the world Internet, completing the isolation from global communications in place since the first day of the attack on Ukraine.
The move – hitherto unprecedented globally – does not come unexpected. Indeed, Moscow had been preparing for some time, given that the first official tests would have been conducted last summer. For some time, however, many regimes have been impatient with the management of the web at a global level in the hands of Icann, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, an independent organization that controls domains and addresses. But immediately after the outbreak of hostilities, it was the government of Kiev who had called for a “detachment” of Russia from the Internet. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov had in fact asked for the Web isolation of Moscow to prevent the spread of false news and hate messages. Today Moscow is playing in advance to prevent the spread of uncomfortable truths about war in the country, without denying its citizens access to the Internet.