Earlier this week the Kremlin directed state-owned Russian websites to switch from foreign hosting services to Russian-owned ones and to remove any Javascript created by foreign companies. Do you think this action is intended primarily to protect Russian state-owned sites from cyberattack, or do you think this is the first step in Russia severing ties with the global internet?

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CISO in Software, 10,001+ employees
It appears to be just retaliatory action to the sanctions at this time.
CTO in Services (non-Government), 11 - 50 employees
This is just self defece action from Russia. This is expected
CIO in Software, 51 - 200 employees
Using / Depriving of international and global platforms for sanctions is not a good way to promote global behavior. We as an IT have a great task cut out with many countries who would move away from global platforms or systems
Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer, Self-employed
This is wishful thinking they software will work without overseas libraries and packages. This is a populist move as many moves like that before.
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CISO in Software, 201 - 500 employees

I believe they might be honestly trying to prepare for an almost complete separation from the Internet. Mirroring the JS libs / storing them locally might give not break everything completely when the segregation happens – and particularly in the state-owned media, it can allow for some continuity. The rest would fail, and no-one would really care. As Vladimir wrote, it is primarily a populist gesture. 

CISO in Software, 201 - 500 employees
its a win-win for the Russian IT industry, well played. 
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CISO in Software, 201 - 500 employees

I believe that in reality, they will just copy/"download" the JS code and declare it "theirs", whatever that would mean. It's all open source, so the copying is perfectly legit (though they might have to change the copyright headers and stuff to make it "look Russian" ... anyone knows Potemkin here? :) – and if they indeed seal off the Internet, the efforts to keep stuff at least somehow working would be very high. Given the global sanctions and failing economy, I can hardly see it as a win-win for the Russian IT industry. It will give them jobs, but I wouldn't call that a "win"...

CIO in Energy and Utilities, 11 - 50 employees
It is to be expected, I'd even think it caught them unprepared and now they are trying to cut the dependency from the rest of the world on a hurry, so errors are to be expected too.
CIO in Services (non-Government), 201 - 500 employees
It has a dual use.  First, it cuts off the Russian population from learning the real truth about what is going on, second, it will mitigate any attacks on Russia from outside parties who may want to harm the Russian infrastructure, or backdoor their way into military resources and targets.
CEO in Services (non-Government), Self-employed
It's both. I would not at all be surprised to see Russia ban individual contributions to open source communities or projects as a next step.
Director of IT in Software, 201 - 500 employees
I think Russia is trying to transition its economy to be more self-sustainable and not to rely as much on the western technology so any future sanctions will have lesser effect
Regional Director in Education, 11 - 50 employees
Russia is trying to remove any weak points, like having a foreign CDN in their websites, or hosting it overseas.
They are to create a self sustainable and closed economy, just like the cold war era.

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