Wednesday 4 January 2017
“Our country must be prepared that it will be cut off from the worldwide internet -- the high likelihood of 'tectonic shifts' in our relations with the West (is) in the direction of deterioration."LIKELY FALSE...experts say outsiders taking Russia off the internet is theoretically possible, but highly unlikely.Alluding to possible threats from the West, Russia’s top tech envoy expressed fears that Russia's internet could be “cut off.” A Polygraph.info fact check shows that while a foreign cyber attack would be crippling, an effective closure of the nation’s internet access is an implausible scenario.
“It is an ordinary communication line that heads of states use for phone conversations.”Commenting after an NBC News report that U.S. President Barack Obama used "the so-called Red Phone" to warn President Vladimir Putin over interfering in the U.S. election process, a Kremlin spokesman said it is "an ordinary communication line." But history shows it is a special line used in crisis.
“We have not seen a single fact, a single proof."
"We can say unequivocally that any involvement of official Moscow, the Russian government, or any Russian secret services in such actions is out of the question. It is completely ruled out.”