Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the use of technologies that might be used to access websites that are blocked in the country.
The corresponding document was published on Sunday, July 30th, on the official Internet portal for legal information. Almost all the rules will come into force on November 1st, 2017, but some of them – at the time of publication.
Potentially, all proxy and VPN-services fall under this law, as well as anonymous networks such as Tor, I2P, and Freenet. Their owners are offered to restrict access to the resources from Roskomnadzor’s list of prohibited websites (Roskomnadzor is Russian controlling service over telecommunications – RRT).
The document also prohibits search engines from providing links to resources that are blocked in Russia.
Tracking of anonymizers, Tor and VPN-services that provide access to blocked sites in Russia will be performed by the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.