Tor and Telegram Under Scrutiny: Will Russia Kill Anonymous Internet? Tor and Telegram Under Scrutiny: Will Russia Kill Anonymous Internet?

Roskomnadzor is closely studying anonymous and decentralized networks that enable bypassing the blocks imposed by the department. The ultimate goal of this study is to restrict access to such networks at the legislative level.

Pornolab Creates a Mirror in EmerCoin’s Decentralized Domain Zone

Pornolab, one of the biggest adult torrent trackers in post-Soviet states, has created a mirror to bypass the ban of the main domain.

Roskomsvoboda to Challenge Bitcoin Sites Ban

The Center for Protection of Digital Rights has proceeded with bitcoininfo.ru and localbitcoins.com cases. The Center’s lawyers have filed appeals at the Leningrad Oblast Court challenging the rulings that violate substantive and procedural laws. The sites in questions had been banned in Russia this September. Timeweb.com, the hosting provider for bitcoininfo.ru, has blocked access to […]

A Brief History of Russian Internet Obscurantism in 2015

The year 2015 was marked as the year of expanding obscurantism and controversies around several internet-related issues in Russia. According to one of relatively new Russian laws, the state supervising agency Roskomnadzor has the right to restrict or prohibit access to any website at its own discretion and without any court rulings. The agency was […]

Russian Anti-Censorship NPO Proposes Users to Join Its Unbanning Efforts

Following the notorious court ruling as to the “eternal ban” of several Russian websites, including extremely popular BitTorrent tracker Rutracker.org, RosKomSvoboda, The Center for Protection of Digital Rights, and some activists initiated a campaign titled “The Battle of Runet”. The campaign provides for consolidation of efforts of those thinking the so-called “anti-piracy law” violates their […]

Russian Users Challenge the Lifetime Ban of Local Torrent Tracker

According to Roskomsvoboda, Russian users have challenged the ruling by the Moscow court as to lifetime banning of the country’s most popular torrent tracker Rutracker.

Roskomnadzor Blocks RosKomSvoboda’s Site; Crowdfunding Announced

Special Read in Russian Following yesterday’s blocking of Bitnovosti, Roskomnadzor continues industriously censoring the internet. Today it was announced that public association RosKomSvoboda’s (acronym standing for Russian Committee for Freedom) website was blocked under the order of Anapa town court.