The VPN ban in Russia, explained

Check out the video below to find out the most important aspects of the recent VPN ban in Russia. Are you directly affected by the situation? Drop us a comment and give us your input!

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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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  • Sure, here in Russia we are affected. Is there any official statement by CyberGhost team? Should we become aware of our security? Or this video means that CyberGhost will decline any co-working with Putin’s censorship?

    • Hi there! The video that we created is merely informational concerning the global situation of censorship and in this case, Russia. It’s not an official statement on our behalf, as this material aims to be an objective presentation of the current situation, but, mind you, we will never collaborate with any government that supports censorship. Should you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a line. Cheers!

    • Hi Jason! The law banning VPNs is coming into effect in Russia as we speak, just have a look at this article. The only VPNs that will be permitted are those which allow logs. As you know, that is against our policy. So, most likely, CyberGhost will not work in Russia in the near future, if that’s not the case already.

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