Russia could disconnect itself from global Internet during a crisis, Putin adviser says

Posted in: Governance at 30/12/2016 14:10

An adviser to Russian president Vladimir Putin has said the country could be "disconnected" from the global Internet if needed.

The comments by German Klimenko, the Russian president's Internet adviser, come as the United States is said to be mulling covert cyber-operations against Russia in retaliation for Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Klimenko made his remarks during an interview with the Russian-language RT television channel, whose interviewer asked about a draft law from November that seeks to regulate the Russian Internet.

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