I've been following Russia's steps towards an independent internet for a few years now, but it was always more about having independent infrastructure in the case of possible cut-offs of services such as DNS, etc. rather than the creation of an isolated network. Until now, apparently.
>Russia began active preparations for disconnection from the global Internet>No later than March 11, all servers and domains must be transferred to the Russian zone. In addition, detailed data on the network infrastructure of the sites is being collected.https://nitter.net/nexta_tv/status/1500553480548892679
Given how this seems to be a full-stack solution rather than filters on top of a global network, I don't think conventional VPNs would even be able to circumvent this. It's hard to tell how real the news even is, though, as I can't find many sources on it (nor can I speak any Russian). Anyone who knows better, please feel free to fill us in.