Russia plans to block nine global VPN providers for refusing to comply with censorship...

Polycount

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It's no secret that Russia has been cracking down harder on its citizens' use of the internet lately. We've reported on this trend quite a bit over the past few months -- in mid-May, the country signed a law that requires ISPs to be able to disconnect from the outside internet on command and route all traffic through Russian servers.

Further back, in March, Russian regulators ordered global VPN providers to play by their rules by connecting to a government-mandated blacklist. Though Kaspersky seems to have complied -- no surprise, given the fact that it's a Russian company and thus subject to the country's laws -- other VPN providers have actively fought against the orders.

Now, Russia has given up on the carrot and gone straight for the stick. Following the refusal of said VPNs to comply with censorship rules, Russian officials say they will be forced to block them in "some time," which could occur as soon as this month.

Though this is certainly unfortunate news for privacy-minded Russian citizens, the VPNs their government intends to block (which include the likes of NordVPN, Hide My Ass, and others) are certainly not the only options available in the country; they are merely some of the most popular ones.

As such, it probably won't be too difficult for any affected individuals to migrate to another, unblocked service for their anti-censorship needs.

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Plutoisaplanet

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Gee the Russian "federation" (ie: Soviet Union) isn't as open as people thought they were???
At least (theoretically) privacy isn't affected. If I had to choose a compromise (a private Internet versus an open Internet), I'd make this same choice. Obviously I prefer both though.
 

brucek

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By list I meant a prominent, easy to see LIST of nine VPN providers.

Yes, the article mentioned one by its full name, one by its not full name but I recognized it anyway, and then linked to an article that at least on my browser did not render in English.

I would happily have traded say the two images or most of the other text for the actual goods.
 

Nobina

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Why are they so interested in policing their peoples internet habbits? People should push back.
 

m3tavision

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Why are they so interested in policing their peoples internet habbits? People should push back.
Because Russian People don't have rights. They don't have the right to open and free speech internet. Russia is just like China, a Communist Nation 100% controlled by Putin.

What don't you understand?
 
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netman

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I wonder how Snowden uses a VPN or something similar in Russia? I am sure there is exception to the rule for some elites.
 
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toooooot

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Why are they so interested in policing their peoples internet habbits? People should push back.
People push back in Russia? Good luck with that. Sounds like a good way to get yourself killed over there.
Their government is using a small terror strategy. They imprison or severely beat a small number of people showing the rest what will happen to them if they wanna be the brave ones. Some are killed as well, and everybody knows by whom.
So far, it worked. But at the same time, the unrest is slowly building up and also the government is slowly tightening the grip because it is harder and harder to keep up with growing unrest and growing poverty.
This VPN ban is just one small step trying to stop spreading of truth about them.
 
If you think the "President for Life" governments are upset now, wait until Musk's "Internet from Space" network is up.

On the other hand, the US is well along the way to Internet censorship too. Facebook, Google et. al. are being commercially body slammed here because they are slow to block access to messages that single-interest groups who are important to political parties find "offensive".

But that is a smokescreen -- the real reason is that a "data analysis for hire" firm used Facebook data to help the Trump campaign win in 2016. Interestingly, our media labelled President Obama a "data genius" for using the SAME two firms.

But censorship is censorship -- There are no grades -- If political parties that run governments can block messages not favorable to them, THEY WILL.
 

HyperPete

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By list I meant a prominent, easy to see LIST of nine VPN providers.

Yes, the article mentioned one by its full name, one by its not full name but I recognized it anyway, and then linked to an article that at least on my browser did not render in English.

I would happily have traded say the two images or most of the other text for the actual goods.
NordVPN, Hide My @$$ !, Hola VPN, Openvpn, VyprVPN, ExpressVPN, TorGuard, IPVanish, VPN Unlimited
 
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