The VPN ban in Russia, explained

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What does the VPN ban in Russia mean?

Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that prohibits services enabling users to bypass government censorship.

Starting November 1, VPNs which allow users to access content banned by law will also be prohibited.

Leonid Levin, tech committee chairman: the law is not “introducing new bans for law-abiding citizens.”

The law does not forbid VPNs per se, but forces them to restrict users’ online activity.

This is against the idea of a VPN.

VPNs, such as CyberGhost, allow people to surf the web privately and access geo-restricted content.

Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor maintains a blacklist of thousands of websites.

Amnesty international criticized the law as the “latest blow in an assault on online freedom.”

It is said that like this, Russia is trying to copy China, which aims to block VPNs by start of 2018.

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