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Russia: Putin says ‘no restrictions planned’ for Russia's Internet01:18

Russia: Putin says ‘no restrictions planned’ for Russia's Internet

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 20, 2019 at 12:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that no restrictions are planned regarding the sovereignty of the Internet in Russia, speaking at his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A session in Moscow on Thursday.

"In contrary, this ban is to ensure the sovereignty of our Internet and the chance to work there to all people including individuals, bloggers and government organisations," he said of the new law aimed allowing the Russian Internet segment (Runet) to operate autonomously in case of a global web shutdown.

During Putin's Q&A session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact the president via telephone, text message or the dedicated website.

The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away.

So far some two million questions have been submitted for Putin's Direct Line 2019 Q&A.

The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that no restrictions are planned regarding the sovereignty of the Internet in Russia, speaking at his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A session in Moscow on Thursday.

"In contrary, this ban is to ensure the sovereignty of our Internet and the chance to work there to all people including individuals, bloggers and government organisations," he said of the new law aimed allowing the Russian Internet segment (Runet) to operate autonomously in case of a global web shutdown.

During Putin's Q&A session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact the president via telephone, text message or the dedicated website.

The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away.

So far some two million questions have been submitted for Putin's Direct Line 2019 Q&A.

The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.

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