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Karen Kazaryan, chief analyst for the Russian Association of Electronic Communications is skeptical that Bastrykin's recommendations will ever be implemented.
Chinese-style Internet censorship is banned in Russia, so the introduction of a similar system would require large-scale changes to the country's legal system, which is very unlikely to happen, according to Kazaryan.
But most of those attacks have nothing to do with politics, like the hackers themselves, said Karen Kazaryan, chief analyst for the Russian Association of Electronic Communications.
The absolute majority of government-linked attacks are believed to have been perpetrated by independent hackers contracted by the government, Kazaryan said. This was likely the case in Estonia in 2007, among other things, he said.
"Loose definitions used in the law made it unclear what exactly the companies should do to comply with it," said Karen Kazaryan, chief analyst at the Russian Association of Electronic Communications.
There are many non-IT companies that have websites and supply Internet services to people living in Russia and, therefore, the law applies to them, but most of them do not understand the difficulties of Internet regulations in Russia, said Kazaryan of the Russian Association of Electronic Communications. "It is unlikely they comply with the law at the moment, and it's unlikely they ever will," he told The Moscow Times in a phone interview Tuesday. In addition to that, there are certain industries that can't comply with this law because they comply with contradicting laws, said Kazaryan. "Global booking systems, for example, though luckily they've been excluded from the law for now. But airlines, for example, don't comply with similar European regulations, because they can't decide what takes priority - protecting personal data or revealing it to law enforcement agencies," he said. "And there are plenty of these cases when it's unclear what legislation should take precedent," Kazaryan added. In general lack of clarity about what exactly should be done to comply with the law - what constitutes personal data and what data should be transferred to Russian servers - causes contradictions, the analyst said. "Companies and Roskomnadzor might have different understandings of what it means to comply with the law, and inspections will reveal different violations all the time," Kazaryan said. Nevertheless, he said that at least this year officials will show mercy. "The regulator [Roskomnadzor] realizes that there pitfalls in this law. I think at the beginning these inspections will be just a formality," Kazaryan said.
• Karen Kazaryan, Chief Analyst, Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC)
Karen Kazaryan of the trade group Russian Association for Electronic Communications, said he expects foreign Internet firms to buy server space in Russia but maintain main storage facilities elsewhere.
"Foreign companies will continue to exercise a wait-and-see approach to this law because it is unenforceable," Kazaryan said. Follow @adamczyk_ed and @UPI on Twitter. Contact the Author
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