A number of the Russian industries have been cut off from being able to engage with the outside world as a result of sanctions imposed in response to Russian Federation's war of aggression against Ukraine.

The sanctions are clearly insufficient since the RF is still not considering withdrawing from the Ukrainian territory.

Russia clearly has anticipated being disconnected from the Internet while it was planning this war. It has conducted a study of how its internal processes would fare in case of a complete disconnect from the global Internet.

It is widely believed that the next round of sanctions cannot yet completely eliminate purchases of Russia's natural gas.

But what about cutting off of all Internet traffic to/from Russia? Since Russia's own disconnect from the Internet hasn't affected the natural gas deliveries, it should be possible to disconnect Russia from the global Internet without interfering with the flow of the natural gas and payments for the natural gas.

Is there any government-conducted study on the economic impact of such disconnecting (at the IP routing level, so no IP traffic in or out) of all of global Internet from Russia?

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    Define "disconnecting." Cutting the lines through the West won't help, compare North Korea. Reassigning their IP blocks would depend on who joins and who doesn't, and would risk severe chaos all over the world.
    – o.m.
    Jun 15 at 5:56
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    This is a hypothetical question: "What would happen if..." Jun 15 at 8:29
  • @RogerVadim it's not. It's a question about whether a certain sanctions regime has been priced. The economic cost of disconnecting Russian natural gas has been priced. That had to be economically studied before it could happen. The same can be done with disconnecting all IP traffic. The economic cost of not routing disconnecting it can be studied. The question is whether such a government study exists.
    – wrod
    Jun 15 at 8:48
  • @quarague and yet economic impact studies are done by governments to plan future actions.
    – wrod
    Jun 15 at 8:50
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    @RogerVadim why? it's not a technical question. It's a question about sanctions. The fact that this is possible has been demonstrated by Russia's test. The question is about whether the economic impact study, similar to the studies of economic impact of disconnecting Russian natural gas, have been done.
    – wrod
    Jun 15 at 8:57

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Not all that sure it is possible. While Russia can choose to disconnect itself, the deliberately decentralized architecture of the internet makes the reverse not all that clearly legally or technically achievable, especially if some countries do not share the same goals.

Why We Can’t Disconnect Russia From the Internet

Authority Ceded to ICANN As a result of an effort led by the U.S., control over the internet—or rather the addressing system that largely defines the internet—has been ceded to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. Although ostensibly created by world governments, ICANN is not an agency of those governments, nor is it accountable to them in any meaningful way.

and further, would it work and would it be a good idea?

The complete opposite of what we need

Meanwhile, other researchers joined the chorus of people opposing the Ukraine government's request. "It's the complete opposite of what we need. We should make sure that the Russian people are seeing what is happening and what their government is doing," security researcher Runa Sandvik told CyberScoop.

Sounds rather like gifting them a Great Firewall of China.

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