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EXPLAINED: Why Did Russia's Internet Go Down?

Earlier this week for nearly four hours, some of the Russia's biggest websites, including its main search engine, Yandex, went offline. Possible reason: Putin’s push for Russia’s “sovereign internet."

On Tuesday, Russians across the country reported they couldn’t pay their bills on banking apps, couldn’t access information on state websites and couldn’t even use the country’s main search engine to find out what was going on.

After around four hours, Russia’s Digital Ministry said the issue had been fixed though access to some websites might remain shaky for a while.

The cause? A “technical issue with the global DNSSEC infrastructure that caused sites in the dot RU zone to become unavailable.”

The ministry did not elaborate on what the “technical issue” was or say if it was the result of a hack, planned maintenance or something else entirely.

And prominent Kremlin propagandists tried their best to play down the incident.

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan posted on Telegram on January 30th: “Yandex works for me, so does mail.ru, and in general everything I tried to open. It’s flying. Does this mean that I am not in Russia?)”

So what caused it? According to Russian opposition sources, it may well have been part of Vladimir Putin’s attempt to create an independent Russian internet system, free from Western influence – a sovereign internet.

Watch the video above to find out more...

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Sheila  Ann Borntrager /Zerbe  Zarvia
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Ukraine People We have to be on the Same Page with News and since China is a real Threat, its really important. with love Malvern Ohio Sheila Ann Borntrager

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Sheila Ann Borntrager/Zerbe  Zarvia
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Ukraine people keep your internet and news flowing that is the only way here in our country we know what ,s going on . Odessa Chinese police station is spying on you and sending data back their country China .China is also taking over Russia Land a Island , So you need to be Careful China is a real threat to the internet . with love from Malvern Ohio Sheila Ann Borntrager

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Thomas Barmon
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I am certain that, if the idiot=trump were still the President of the United States, he would have long ago sold Ukraine to putin for a gold-plated tower in Moscow, or on the Nevesky Prospekt in St. Petersburg. So, people of Ukraine, while the world is blessed with President Joe, and all of the world leaders who have joined together in support of Ukraine, it is not a coincidence that Paddington’s Army of Warriors is absolutely kicking the orc-bear in the ass. President Zelensky and Madame Zelenska are the greatest blessing to you, your country and the world at this critical time in history. The courage they show and the personal sacrifices they make every day, reflects in all of the courage the Ukrainian people from all stations in life show, each and every day while living through the hell that has been wrought on Ukraine. It was their DESTINY to lead you, it was their destiny to share and feel all of your pain and to cry for all of your sorrows, and it was their destiny to beg for you. They have not hidden from their destiny. They have not run from these challenges. They have kept their promises to protect Ukraine.
Ukraine is BLESSED to have them begging for you.

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Thomas Barmon
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Part 5. As every Ukrainian well knows, before Zelensky became the President of Ukraine, he was the voice of Paddington the Bear, and the love of his life, Olena was the creative energy producing the show that your children watched and enjoyed every day, it was a special blessing, But, just look at them now; every night he is on your televisions telling the people of the world of your suffering and the courage of your people, visiting the front lines, talking to the soldiers and sergeants, the officers and commanders, awarding their bravery, and honoring their fallen brothers and sisters in arms. He is not there to give orders, but to learn the art of war, so he can understand and determine what the troops need NOW so he and she can go beg for more of it.

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Thomas Barmon
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Part 4. They are there for only one purpose and with only one goal in mind, TO GET HELP FOR UKRAINE. Each of them begging for help from the World Leaders who have invited them to their Country. In his cynicism, Elon Musk, has described their behavior as: “begging for billions”; yes, they beg, but not to line their own pockets, but for billions of bucks, billions of pounds, lire, francs and kroners, billions of bullets and bombs, thousands of tanks, and squadrons of Fighting Falcons; all of the weapons needed to protect and defend Ukraine, and repel the orc invaders permanently from your land, your seas, and skies.

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Thomas Barmon
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Part 3. But there is another Bear in this game; he is much smaller in stature, but he has the courage of a Super Hero. By nature, he is a peaceful and funny man, he is also a very wise and intelligent bear, more like Paddington. He is hugged, embraced and courted with great deference, and respect by every leader in the free world. President Volodymyr Zelensky and Madame Zelenska are wined and dined in every Presidential Palace they visit from America to Asia, and from Europe to South America. But they do not travel to these capitols, at great personal risk, leaving their children behind in the care of others, to attend a party or another grande-fete.

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Thomas Barmon
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.Part 2 For an entire nation, it is like playing orc-roulette with the evil bear that attacks Ukraine from the air. What city, what hospital, what apartment building or theater, what museum or power station, which pizza-pub or bistro, which car or lorry, or which airfield is attacked or pilot killed, which abandoned, bombed-out factory or trench providing a temporary safe place for the men and women with their boots in the mud, will be the next victims? It is random murder, up to the hand of the satan=putin, that points its’ fingers-from-hell at all of you, and each of you, day and night, non-stop for now 500 days.

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Thomas Barmon
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Dear Anya Korzun, and the People of Ukraine,
To the Brave Hearts and Souls of UKRAINE, your courage in the face of such hideous adversity is an inspiration to the entire world, and every human being who believes in freedom and democracy. I read your stories of courage and acts of heroism every day, as the people of Ukraine endure the unbelievable horror that the devil=putin, and his army of evil orcs continue to inflict on your people, your cities, towns and hamlets, scarring and destroying your beautiful land, your forests, and your rivers.
No one is safe from the constant threat of bombs, missiles, drone attacks, mortars and mines that kill and maim, displace and impoverish your women and children, your elderly, leaving millions of Ukrainians homeless, cold, hungry and in fear. Certainly not your brave WARRIORS, all of the men and women fighting in every capacity, who are often out-gunned and out-manned by swarms of orcs, but seldom outsmarted in the battles to repel the invaders from your land.

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Go ahead putin
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Personaly putler can drop a dome over russia. I would aplaud it. Iron curtain , no problem. They always been scum in my eyes. Nothing changed since soviet times. Once they kicked out of Ukraine . They deserve a north korean hermit lifestyle. These same weirdos doing their communist thing in other countrys should be dropped off at putins gate. Leave the population to sort themselves out. Get them out , keep them out.

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