Recently, Russia has proposed new legislation, which could lead the country to acquire its own internet. Under this angle, the Russian authorities have now asked 10 providers VPN, restrict access to websites prohibited by the laws of the country.
Η announcement issued by Roskomnadzor, the Russian Federal Communications Service, says the government will exclude VPN service providers from accessing the Internet if they fail to block censored websites.
Companies have received a time limit of 30 days to comply with the regulations.
Among the popular VPN companies that have committed to block censored sites are NordVPN, ExpressVPN, VyprVPN, TorGuard, IPVanish and Hide My Ass.
Roskomnadzor has asked VPN companies to join the state-owned IT system, which contains a list of blocked sites.
VPN services responded in various ways to the Russian government's orders. Golden Frog, the company behind VyprVPN, told PCMag that it would not comply with the orders. "Our primary mission is to keep the internet open and free, so VyprVPN will continue to provide seamless access to the Internet," said Golden Frog CEO.
TorGuard, another popular VPN, has published a blog post announcing that it has removed all Russian servers. "If we feel that the legal climate in a country could pose a threat to the safety of our customers online, then we will no longer offer servers in that country," says the TorGuard post.
Russia is trying to isolate the internet from the rest of the world and enforces censorship to succeed.