Russia aims to sanction citizens and businesses using Western satellite internet services such as Starlink, from SpaceX, and OneWeb. A law proposed in the lower house of that country’s legislative body establishes fines of up to $ 13,500 for those who circumvent the national telecommunications control system.
The constellations of satellites emerging in the West are a threat to Russia. The Director General of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, considers that Starlink is a company that serves the United States military purposes. The state official rates the company as Elon musk as “predatory, intelligent, powerful and high-tech“.
However, this has not been Rogozin’s only criticism of Washington. According to Ars Technica, he has also spoken out against actions by NASA and the United States Department of Defense that have subsidized to SpaceX with government contracts leading to lower costs of private launches compared to other providers.
The law promoted in the State Duma of Russia (Lower House) establishes fines of between 10,000 and 30,000 rubles (135-405 dollars) for citizens and from 500,000 to 1 million rubles ($ 6,750 to $ 13,500) for companies that connect to the Internet via satellite through Western providers, according to a report in Popular Mechanics magazine.
Russia does not want a byte to escape
It is curious that the transcontinental country also prohibits a company to which it has offered its launch services. We are talking about OneWeb, which through Soyuz has launched its satellite constellation and still has several programmed from Baikonur (Kazakhstan), and Vostochny (Russia).
Russia is working on your own constellation of satellite internet called “Sphere”. Estimates speak of a budget of $ 20 billion to assemble a functional system. This goes far beyond what the country allocates for Roscosmos, which receives some $ 2.4 billion year.
However, this is one of the many initiatives in which Russia is working to keep data traffic under control in its territory. Among his projects are some as drastic as his own national Internet network called “RuNet“.
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