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Russia should establish an alternative Internet in cooperation with the other BRICS countries, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Control Committee, Dmitry Gusev, has proposed.

According to a file seen by RIA Novosti, the main sent a request to work on developing “a single inclusive BRICS+ cyberspace” to Maksut Shadaev, the head of Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media.

The plan could be implemented “utilizing technical, organizational and civilizational abilities typical to the entire association.”

According to Gusev, the 5th International Municipal Forum BRICS+, which is currently underway in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, is a good chance to discuss a combined web for the BRICS countries.

BRICS presently consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, but will be joined by Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE in January. The expanded group, referred to as BRICS+, is forecasted to represent almost half of global GDP by 2040.

Earlier this week, China’s President Xi Jinping likewise called for modifications in the way the international web works, to benefit individuals of all nations.

“We advocate prioritizing advancement and developing a more inclusive and prosperous the online world,” he stated at the opening ceremony of the 2023 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit.

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