Russian Roskomnadzor blocks 6 VPN providers

Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, has restricted the activities of six more VPN

providers. The agency claims that these platforms have facilitated access to information that is banned in the Russian Federation. Roskomnadzor also maintains a whitelist of some VPN services that operate legally and are used by Russian companies. Sponsored Sponsored

Roskomnadzor bans access to more VPN platforms in Russia

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Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technologies and Mass Media, Roskomnadzor, has restricted access

to another batch of VPN service providers. The regulator explained in a statement published on Friday that in accordance with a government decree issued in February 2020, “a decision has been made to block 6 more VPN services that violate Russian law.”

The affected platforms are Hola! VPN, Express VPN, Keepsolid VPN Unlimited, Nord VPN, Speedify VPN and IPvanish VPN. The regulator insisted that their services allow users to gain “access to prohibited information and resources”. By doing so, they create conditions for illegal activities such as those related to drug distribution and the spread of extremism.

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this year, Roskomnadzor banned

two other VPN providers, Vyprvpn and Operavpn, citing identical reasons. The federal regulator described this as “effective and reasonable” technical measures it applies to sites that help Russians circumvent its restrictions.

Such measures are often applied against websites with cryptocurrency-related content. Last August, Roskomnadzor took down the popular stock market aggregator Bestchange.ru

. In March 2020, the agency added six cryptocurrency sites to its register of banned sites. In turn, in June this year a court in the Perm region announced its decision to block several websites providing information on cryptocurrency trading.

Roskomnadzor creates whitelist of VPN services

In its latest announcement, however, Roskomnadzor revealed that it is also whitelisting some VPN services. The aim is to avoid disrupting programs and applications that do not violate Russia’s existing laws and “use VPN services for technological purposes.”

The decision comes after the agency received requests from 64 industry organizations. 27 of them use VPN connections to support 33 technological processes. Roskomnadzor was presented with more than 100 IP addresses that must be exempted from the access restriction policy.

The regulator further stressed that while the offending VPN services in the Russian Federation have been completely

icie blocked, while VPNs used by Russian companies, which have been added to the whitelist, continue to function uninterrupted.

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