Russia is still at war with Ukraine and the world and now with “internet” problems. Putin’s country has suffered several sanctions, but this has not been enough for a ceasefire. There are also many companies leaving Russia and services being shut down.
Recently, Cogent, one of the biggest backbones on the internet, disconnected its connections to Russia.
With routes off, the Internet should be slower
Cogent Communications, an internet backbone ISP that forwards data over intercontinental calls, has cut service to Russian customers for the invasion of Ukraine.
The US-based company is one of the world’s largest internet backbone ISPs and has customers in 50 countries, including several large Russian companies.
As a measure against Russia, it is well regarded by many, but there are also those who criticize it for the fact that it isolates Russian customers and, in this way, information is not obtained through digital means.
WTF Cogent? Cutting Russians off from internet access cuts them from off from sources of independent news and the ability to organize anti-war protests. Don't do Putin's dirty work for him. https://t.co/uqbgOFYWX9
— Eva (@evacide) March 4, 2022
Cogent CEO Dave Schaeffer told The Post that Cogent’s move is not intended to “hurt anyone”, and the company does not want to prevent Russian civilians from accessing the internet. Cogent’s goal is to prevent the Russian government from using the company’s services for cyber-attacks and internet advertising reports The Post.
The Russian government has been making it difficult for Russians to access news sources and social platforms. On Friday, it passed a new law banning “fake news” and completely blocked access to Facebook. The country also restricted access to Twitter and threatened to block Wikipedia for “fake posts” about the war in Ukraine.
It should be remembered that Russian President Vladimir Putin justified this “special military operation” in Ukraine with the need to demilitarize the neighboring country, stating that it was the only way for Russia to defend itself and guaranteeing that the offensive would last as long as necessary. This has been a hybrid war, over land and over the internet (with the many cyberattacks).
Source: with agencies