Russian State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has presumably cast a vote for a controversial bill tightening internet controls while on a working trip to his home region.

Shrugging off an outcry from opposition politicians and rights activists, the 450-seat lower chamber of parliament voted in a second reading to pass a largely unchanged version of the bill that aims to beef up Russia’s internet “sovereignty.” The bill’s authors say the measures are needed to defend the country after the United States adopted what they described as aggressive new cybersecurity policies last year.