Internet safety: Putin bans VPNs and Proxies used to access prohibited content

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July 30, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

RIA Novosti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that prohibits the use of access technologies to blocked sites in Russia (the so-called anonymizers). 

The draft law was introduced in early June by deputies of three parliamentary factions. The authors of the law stated that there is no statutory prohibition to use technologies that allow access to information resources blocked in Russia.

The document also introduces a ban on search engine operators for issuing links to the territory of the Russian Federation for blocked resources. 

The head of the State Duma’s information policy committee, Leonid Levin, earlier stressed that the law on anonymizers is not aimed at introducing new bans for law-abiding citizens. He noted that it was exclusively about prohibiting the use of services for access to illegal content. 

In Russia, major pornography websites that are easily accessed in the West (even by children) are not available. The same goes for websites of extremist content or those that glorify terrorist activity. Now their use is further reduced by outlawing the use of VPNs and proxies. 

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