The Russian president signed a law banning anonymizers and VPN / SurprizingFacts


In April of this year, it became known that the authorities had finalized a bill banning the use of programs and services to circumvent the blocking of sites. Here we mean anonymizers and VPN-services. The document states that all these resources should block sites from the register of prohibited sites addresses compiled by Roscomnadzor. If the anonymizer or VPN is not subject to the law, then it, in turn, must be blocked on the territory of Russia.

On June 23, 2017 the State Duma adopted in the first reading the draft federal law "On Amendments to the Federal Law" On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection "" (pdf). During the voting, the law received the maximum number of votes of deputies – 363 people voted "for", without abstentions or voted "against".

It is worth recalling that MPs Maxim Kudryavtsev (United Russia), Nikolai Ryzhak (Just Russia) and Alexander Yushchenko (Communist Party of the Russian Federation) developed this draft law. Its authors note that, by becoming law, this document will help increase the effectiveness of blocking information on the Internet.

Among other things, the document prohibits search engine operators from issuing links to resources blocked in Russia. The State Duma passed this law on July 21, the Council of Federation approved it on July 25.

Some representatives of the IT sector until the very last moment hoped that the law passed by all officials would not be signed by Vladimir Putin. But no – today it became known that the Russian president signed it. Already published and the relevant document in electronic form on the public Internet portal of legal information. Most of the provisions will come into force immediately after signing, the remaining articles will begin to work on November 1, 2017.

The officers of the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs will monitor the implementation of the law. They will be engaged in search of services-violators, including VPN, anonymizers and Tor.


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