Russia is considering measures to protect its cyberspace from the “unpredictable” West, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Friday after a newspaper said Moscow was contemplating unplugging the Internet during protests or war.

The respected business daily Vedomosti, citing industry sources, said that Putin will convene Monday a meeting of the country’s Security Council to discuss possible restrictions on the Russian cyberspace — the last forum for free expression in the country.

Vedomosti said authorities were contemplating measures to unplug Russia from the global web in emergency situations such as major protests or military hostilities.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the Security Council meeting would take place but declined to discuss its agenda.

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