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May 02, 2019
6:25AM

Russia President Vladimir Putin signs into law a sovereign internet bill

Reuters
Russia President Vladimir Putin today signed into law a sovereign internet bill which will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet, a move decried by rights groups.

Russian lawmakers insist the new law is necessary to ensure the security of Russia's online networks but critics say the vaguely worded bill gives new censorship powers to government monitors.

The text of the law was published today but it will not come into effect until November.

The measures include creating technology to monitor internet routing and to steer Russian internet traffic away from foreign servers, ostensibly to prevent a foreign country from shutting it down. 

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