Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor targets 6 other VPN providers – bitcoin news


Roskomnadzor, the government agency responsible for overseeing communications in Russia, is taking steps to block six other VPN providers. The move comes after the agency cut access earlier this year to a number of VPN services helping Russians gain access to “forbidden” information.

Roskomnadzor to block more VPNs in Russia

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) is preparing to restrict six other VPN platforms active in the country. The targeted providers are Betternet, Lantern, X-VPN, Cloudflare Warp, Tachyon VPN and Privatetunnel.

VPN services such as those listed give Russian residents the ability to bypass government restrictions and access information prohibited by law in Russia, Forklog noted in a report citing Roskomnadzor’s announcement.

Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor targets 6 other VPN providers

In an increasing number of cases, Russian authorities have treated crypto-related content as prohibited. In June, a Perm region court ruled to block several websites explaining how to trade bitcoin. And in October, another court ruling threatened 17 online exchangers with closure.

Even after the passage of the “Digital Financial Assets” Law, which came into effect in January, many cryptocurrency-related activities remain unregulated in the Russian Federation, including trading and trading. The Bank of Russia, the country’s monetary authority, is a staunch opponent of the legalization of digital currencies such as bitcoin and considers them illegal “money substitutes”.

Roskomnadzor is now seeking feedback from businesses and other organizations that may be using said VPN platforms for legitimate purposes. These could include the facilitation of specific technological processes in Russian companies, the regulator explains.

The agency has been researching VPN services in Russia for some time. In September, the federal service blocked another batch of six platforms: Hola! VPN, VPN Express, Keepsolid VPN Unlimited, Nord VPN, Speedify VPN and IPvanish VPN.

Roskomnadzor banned two VPN providers, Vyprvpn and Operavpn, earlier this year. The watchdog cited similar reasons in both cases, alleging that these services create conditions for illegal activities such as drug distribution and the spread of extremism.

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