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Russia’s government is moving closer to Internet isolation. How much of the Web does the Russian segment take up?

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The State Duma has given its final <a href="https://meduza.io/en/news/2019/04/16/state-duma-passes-law-isolating-russian-internet" target="_blank">approval</a> to a bill that would enable the isolation of the Russian segment of the Internet. On April 22, the Federation Council will consider the bill, and upon approval, it will be sent to President Vladimir Putin for his signature. If the RuNet is ultimately isolated from international severs, just a small part of the World Wide Web will be based in Russia. About six million websites, less than 2 percent of the <a href="https://www.verisign.com/assets/domain-name-report-Q42018.pdf" target="_blank">total number</a> of domain names, are <a href="https://cctld.ru/ru/" target="_blank">registered</a> under the .ru and .рф domain zones. The RuNet’s <a href="https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3828731" target="_blank">readership</a> is around 90 million people out of <a href="https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/stat/default.aspx" target="_blank">almost four billion</a> Internet users around the globe. According to Cisco, only 3 percent of <a href="https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/visual-networking-index-vni/white-paper-c11-741490.html#_Toc532256802" target="_blank">global Web</a> traffic <a href="https://ict.moscow/static/russia-2022-forecast-highlights.pdf" target="_blank">reached</a> Russia in 2017.
The State Duma has given its final approval to a bill that would enable the isolation of the Russian segment of the Internet. On April 22, the Federation Council will consider the bill, and upon approval, it will be sent to President Vladimir Putin for his signature. If the RuNet is ultimately isolated from international severs, just a small part of the World Wide Web will be based in Russia. About six million websites, less than 2 percent of the total number of domain names, are registered under the .ru and .рф domain zones. The RuNet’s readership is around 90 million people out of almost four billion Internet users around the globe. According to Cisco, only 3 percent of global Web traffic reached Russia in 2017.

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