- Russia intends to close its internet space.
- Belorussia will follow the same closure.
- The complete closure expected to happen in the 2021.
The year is 1984, and Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev faceoff over nukes and the fate of the world…
The year is 2019, and what is old is new again.
The US strategic programs utilized during the Soviet era and the Cold War are making a huge comeback. An example would be QRHELPFUL, the program used by the CIA to install a western style of governance in Poland. A new Russian law taking effect in November 2019, is meant to further isolate western sources via the Russian internet. The law’s supporters are targeting Russian citizens with fear mongering and claiming the US is going on the offensive. When in reality the US is securing counter measures due to Russian information warfare attacks on the West.
To understand Russia and its mentality, the best read to this day remains is The Marquis De Custine and his Russia in 1839. An overview is available here. His journals give the best possible explanation to understanding Russia and has repeatedly been revived over the last 200 years.
It is important for the United State to understand the Russian mentality in order to successfully utilize cyber warfare countermeasures. The colossal issue is Putin’s desire to close off Russian cyberspace period by 2021. It will be completely closed off in the same way China’s Great Firewall blocks everything outside of that country. November, 2019 is just one step in the complete closure of the Russian cyberspace; The new amendment №608767-7 to the Russian Communications Law and addition to the Russian Sovereign Internet.
Starting in November, internet providers will be required to only install equipment dictated by the new law. However, the blockage of information and control will be done through centralized government groups dedicated to the cause within Roskomnadzor.
An interesting excerpt from Chapter 7 includes so called “training exercises” by Roskomnazor to block Instagram, Youtube or any other sharing mediums for hours at a time.
Chapter 10 allows them, in case of an emergency deemed by the Russian government, to disconnect all sharing apps and messengers and to store all domains within networks and zap them as directed.
Just as during the Cold War and the Reagan Era arms race, Russia blames the United States’ 2018 strategy against Russia information warfare, yet the key word used by the Americans is “countermeasures” not “attack.”
There are many similarities and parallels to China’s Great Firewall and one of them is domain control.
Belarussia already looks about the same. Clearly Lukashenko and Putin discussed lock down on the internet space as well. Recent comments indicate the cooperation and possible utilization of Russia’s firewall resources and unifying similar rules within the two countries. Beginning next year, Belorussian nationals will be issued unique ID cards that will be used to access the internet and all other government services, which are similar to the We Chat ID numbers issued in China.
The main effects will be on western business that have joint-ventures and offices within the Russian Federation. The fear of cyber warfare instilled in Russian citizens is only increasing. The children are being indoctrinated at a young age. The Uni Army allows children as young as seven years old to start marching in formations and teaches them how to assemble and disassemble weapons like Kolashinikovs. Their students are given preferential points to elite schools and universities in the future and advanced access to patriotic trips and organized events within Russia. They are also trained to avoid any western sites and mediums becasue the US is utilizing them to cause cyber warfare against Russia.
How many former Soviet Republics will follow soon and be blocked from Western sourced media? Putin will achieve his dream of the resurrection of the Soviet Union when a Cyber Iron Curtain is back up. Open cyberwarfare by Russia and China is a permanent new reality.