Russia is infamous when it comes to banning websites. Numerous sites with pirated content, radical ideas, critical posts, and “banned information” have already been blacklisted in the country.
Many service providers—including a few VPNs—which operate in Russia have been required to connect their servers to a government database to block such prohibited sites.
VPN providers asked to comply or face Russian VPN block
Back in March, Russia’s media regulator Roskomnadzor sent notices to these 10
Nine VPN providers already expressed their intention not to comply with the Roskomnadzor’s demand. Some VPNs went one step further, like NordVPN which already removed its Russian servers on April 1. This move means lesser endpoints for Russian users, though NordVPN said it would still offer its services through other channels.
While IPVanish managed to continue its operation even though it no longer has a physical presence in Russia—it removed its servers in 2016—it still won’t comply with the Roskomnadzor’s new demands.
The only provider that consented is Kaspersky, which is a Russian company. Kaspersky’s users will be able to visit only those websites not blacklisted by the government.
“We sent out ten notifications to VPNs. Only one of them—Kaspersky Secure Connection—connected to the registry,” said Alexander Zharov, chief of Roskomnadzor. “All the others did not answer, moreover, they wrote on their websites that they would not comply with Russian law. And the law says unequivocally if the company refuses to comply with the law—it should be blocked.”
Non-compliant VPNs and the Russian
The nine VPNs who won’t comply could face the Russian
It’s a good thing that NordVPN, IPVanish, and other providers decided not to comply with the Roskomnadzor’s orders. If they gave in, they would be compromising the privacy and anonymity of their users, and a
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What to do after the Russian
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