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Crazy Brits made up "isolated Russian Internet"

Poor imagination of Russian people often helps them to fight craziness of western civilization. When the plan to open cyrillic domain names was announced last year, it didn't make much noise in Russia. The idea is simple: people want to use Russian web-adresses, but they don't want to mix cyrillic and latin letters in it, because such a mixture would help criminals to make fake web-cites. The solution: domain names in .RU zone will be in latin only, as it was before, because RU suffix is already in Latin. And new cyrillic names will be registered with new domain suffix .RF (spelled in cyrillic only!), so the whole domain name will be in cyrillic letters. Russian critics of this plan say this is nothing but another money-making scheme for the domain registrators.

But West go nuts about it. The Guardian's article "Kremlin eyes internet control" is the wildest non-science fiction we've seen so far. First, it says "Russian Cyrillic keyboards make it difficult for Russian users to search for domain names using the roman letters" - false, all our keyboards get latin letters (though some get no cyrillics yet). Second, it says "Russian international domain names would use their own root servers" - false again. The root has not been split, said Vint Cerf; what is more important, there is no need to split roots to control the traffic, and China proved this already.

Third, cyrillic domains somehow "will put a wall between cybercriminals and their victims... makes it very difficult to track Russian cybercrime", said Guardian's no-one-knows-who experts. Sure they don't see (or don't want to tell?) the whole picture. Look: criminal RBN network moved from Russia to China, music pirate MP3Sparks.com moved to Turkey, same businesses Allofmp3.com and MuzF.ru shut down by Russian authorities. Even Google, the worldwide spy #1 and the worldwide security breach #1, is scared to open its new spy services in our country. Doesn't Russia fight cybercriminals, huh?

So the only clear message we got from The Guardian: western security experts and government agencies want more money. For this purpose, they use media to create Big Enemy Image and start Cold War 2.0. And the worst thing is: the provocation started to work on Russian side. The fake story of "isolated Internet plan" made up by one British newspaper is already picked up by Russian bloggers and press. Some Russian politicians already use it saying the idea is good, and discuss who is to be in charge for this project. Our only hope is that poorness of Russian imagination will save us again, and this crazy British dream won't come true.

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