A bill on banning the use of VPN services and anonymizers was introduced for consideration of deputies of the State Duma (lower chamber of Russian parliament – RRT), and published on its website.
According to the text of the bill, it is proposed to oblige services and sites that are currently used to bypass the existing restrictions to work with Roskomnadzor (Russian controlling service over telecommunications – RRT), and ensure that access to prohibited sites is blocked.
The services that do not comply will be punished by blocking access to them for the period of 30 days.
In addition, the bill proposes to oblige search engines to exclude the blocked websites from search results for Russian users.
The authors of the initiative are the deputies Maxim Kudryavtsev from the United Russia party, Nikolai Ryzhak from the Just Russia party, and Alexander Yushchenko from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. In the explanatory note they indicate that the existing locking methods are inefficient because of VPN services and anonymizers such as Tor.