Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will not consider restricting Internet access in the country.
Such a move has been speculated after legislation this year tightened how the internet is regulated.
Opponents claim this results in the sites of government critics being blocked.
Putin has previously called the internet a “CIA project” which is aimed at promoting protests against him.
But in Wednesday’s announcement he tried to dampen fears of a government crackdown:
“We do not intend to limit access to the Internet, to put it under total control, to nationalise the Internet, to limit legitimate interests and the opportunities of people, non-governmental organisations and business in the sphere of information”.
The Russian President has been wary of the Internet since large protests against him in the winter of 2011-12 were organised using social networks.
He also said state domains have been victim to a surge in cyber attacks since the conflict in Ukraine began and need to be protected.
Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary-general of the Russian Security Council, said there had been more than 57 million cyber attacks on domestic sites in the first half of this year.