VPNs: Russia Forces Google to Delete Masses of Links Amid Ukraine Invasion
Russia’s determination to control the minds of its citizens is proceeding full force. Since the invasion of Ukraine, Russian telecoms regulator Roscomnadzor has forced Google to delist tens of thousands of new URLs that link to VPN resources providing access to ‘banned’ content. This includes foreign and local media outlets that refuse to regurgitate state propaganda.
Between 2011 and 2013, protests took place in Russia in response to allegations of election-rigging and a lack of civil liberties in Russia.
The protests were targeted at Vladimir Putin so, in return, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) made requests to local social media giant vKontakte to begin blocking opposition groups on the basis they were trying to organize a revolution.
A fight for control of the online narrative began. In late 2012, Russia passed legislation enabling it to blacklist and block websites, publications, and online news outlets that dared to have opinions of their own.
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