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The Federation Council said that access to downloading VPN services will be blocked from March 2024

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Roskomnadzor is not letting up in its fight against VPN services. Recently, the department developed a project in which it was proposed to jam sites that contain information about ways to bypass blocking. Now it has become known that Roskomnadzor plans to remove VPN programs directly from online application stores.

“From March 1, 2024, an order will come into force according to which VPN services that provide access to sites banned in Russia will be blocked by Roskomnadzor in all markets,” – reported Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council for the development of the digital economy Artem Sheikin. In addition, he clarified that first of all it is necessary to limit everyone’s access to Meta* products.

However, until March next year, VPN programs from the Play Market and App Store will not go anywhere. At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Digital Development, Maksut Shadayev, recently statedthat there are no plans to introduce liability for the use of VPN services in Russia. And some experts are convinced that the more restrictions there are, the more actively users will look for ways to circumvent them.

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