Television has long been Russia's main source for news, but under the watchful eye of President Vladimir Putin.

However, the internet is fast eroding state television's influence.

Now, through a combination of legislation and surveillance infrastructure, the Kremlin is tightening its control of all media.

A new bill going through parliament is aimed at creating a single command post from which the government can decide what information is allowed online.

Putin says it's a defensive response to the Trump administration's new cyber strategy. Critics say it's meant to stave off any domestic political unrest.

Can Russia isolate itself from the global internet?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Viktor Olevich - Lead analyst at the Center for Actual Politics

Sam Greene - Director of the Russia Institute at King's College London

Alexander Soloviev - Member and former chairman of the advocacy group Open Russia

Source: Al Jazeera News