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Vlad the blockader: Russia's anti-VPN law comes into effect



One candidate reason for enacting this law, along with other requirements from Roskomnadzor, such as the Yarovaya law package (Russian federal bills 374-FZ and 375-FZ) requiring the capture of calls and their metadata, registration of blogs with more than 3,000 readers, requirement that social media services store data from Russian accounts in Russia, and the perennial proposals of requirements for Internet users to register, etc., is in large part due to concerns over their citizens being influenced from foreign meddling.

As to why Russia is concerned about these services being used by hostile nation state actors engaging in such meddling, the simplest answer is that they use these techniques themselves with a high level of efficacy Having seen their success, they have s strong desire to prevent the same techniques from being used against them.


Aryeh Goretsky

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