Russian authorities demand VPN providers to comply with the rules

...but it is somewhat dumb as the VPS services are not legal

Russian authorities have instructed major providers of virtual private networks (VPNs) to block websites that are blacklisted in the country, TorrentFreak writes.

In Russia, for example, websites that lead to extremist content or illegal downloads are prohibited. Such sites were still accessible via VPN services, but from now on they may also no longer display prohibited web pages.

The use of the specific software to evade the online filters was banned the use of these networks in 2017, but many of the services continued to exist in the country.

Providers such as NordVPN, EspressVPN, Kaspersky Secure Connection and OpenVPN have now been commissioned by telecom watchdog Roscomnadzor to comply with the rules. Provider TorGuard also received the notification and then decided to withdraw from Russia. Private Internet Access did the same in 2016.

VPN services are given a month to meet the requirements of the Russian regulator. If not, they too will be put on the blacklist of Russia.

In 2018, Russia already blocked fifty services that allowed residents of the country to bypass online blockades. At that time it was not known which services were involved.

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