The move would be part of an experiment to see if its cyber defenses could handle an attack from a foreign power, according to the Russian outlet RBK. It would collect data that politicians judge the national economy's national program, a draft law that would require the country's internet service providers to ensure that Russia's internet can work in isolation if a foreign power cuts off it.
Russia's telecoms would have to reorient the country's Internet traffic to exchange points approved by the Russian telecom operator Roskomnazor so that it could block prohibited content and ensure that traffic does not cross foreign servers, reported the CNET system page ZDNet Monday.
Essentially, Russia is trying to create a mass censorship system such aswhile trying to ensure that Russia maintains a fully functioning intranet if it is disconnected from the rest of the world.  The test will probably take place before April 1, the deadline for submitting changes to the national economic program.
Legislation, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, was introduced after the United States "Authorized Offensive Cyber Operation"in its national cyber strategy in September. Russia is of hacking American and European authorities.
Roskomnazor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.