Aim is to find out the specific features of the digital network transformation in the Russian society caused by the pandemic crisis. Focus is made on the socio-political sphere and the role of digital information and communication technologies in it.Methodology consists of a secondary analysis of sociological data and a content analysis of Russian social media during the period under review.Results. The connection between the media consumption of Russians and the socio-political risks of information support of the pandemic was identified. It was shown that the restriction of physical contacts makes online networks the major space for communication and solidarity of citizens. They can also be used to monitor public sentiment and implement crisis management measures. Focus is made on the ambiguous nature of strengthening the digital control functions of the state.Research implications. Generalization of empirical data allowed specifying digital network trends that can be taken into account when developing strategies of response actions to biosocial threats in the future.