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Russia’s ‘VPN Ban’ is Live as Authorities Warn of Bad VPNs & U.S. Spying * TorrentFreak


rus-vpn-sIn countries where internet access faces restrictions, from general government censorship through to more limited site-blocking programs to protect copyright, citizens have grown comfortable with the use of VPNs.

In Russia, where the government censors certain material and has an anti-piracy site-blocking regime on top, around 20% of the internet population regularly use VPNs.

While accessing blocked websites and communicating in relative privacy is now fairly common, the government would like sites carrying “illegal information” to remain inaccessible. But after endless legal tweaks, advice, orders, and confused messaging that mostly contradicts reality on the ground, Russians may be a little confused by now.

New Law Isn’t a VPN Ban, Illegal VPNs Are Already Banned

Sites blocked by the government, whether they’re pirate sites or those branded extremist by the state, are blocked for good reasons, authorities insist. Facebook and Instagram, for example, are both blocked for…

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