Russia Launches Anti-VPN Scare Campaign to Support Its VPN Blocking
Russia’s ongoing campaign to block VPN providers, hound them out of the country, or have them delisted from search results, is massive and ongoing. Realizing that not everything can be achieved by brute force, a video campaign financed by the government is now trying to persuade citizens that using a VPN is much worse than not using a VPN at all.
VPN providers with any infrastructure in Russia have experienced problems for years.
Today’s bottom line for anonymizing privacy services is that they must comply with Russia’s site-blocking demands and open up themselves up to scrutiny. Since the alternative is to break the law and face the consequences, many providers have pulled out of Russia completely.
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, telecoms watchdog Rozkomnadzor stepped up its campaign against search engines. Demands to delist hundreds of thousands of VPN-related URLs from search results run alongside questionable requests to remove other content.
The rest of this article can be read on TorrentFreak.com