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Russia Bans VPNs In New Blow to Internet Freedom

For Russian Internet users, it has become more difficult to visit sites that banned by the government. The State Duma approved the law that prohibits the use of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks).
Russia Bans VPNs In New Blow to Internet Freedom

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law prohibiting technology that provides access to banned websites, according to Reuters.

The law, already approved by the Duma, the lower house of parliament, will ban the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies, known as anonymizers, that allow people to surf the web anonymously. It comes into force on November 1.

Leonid Levin, the head of Duma’s information policy committee, has said the law is not intended to impose restrictions on law-abiding citizens but is meant only to block access to “unlawful content,” RIA news agency said.