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Amnesty International: Law on VPN and anonymizers ban is crack-down on online freedom

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05.08.2017 14:05

The Amnesty International human rights organization published a comment about acceptance of the law forbidding use of Proxy Avoidance and VPN in Russia. The document was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The organization considers that the law is a “serious crack-down on the Internet freedom”, “the last attack of the authorities on online freedoms”.

As it is said in the message of Amnesty, the Russian authorities intentionally block severe websites on the basis of “foggy written anti-extremism laws, subject users of social networks to prosecution only for publications on the Internet”.

In general the campaign for blocking of “objectionable websites” is “shameful”, words of Denis Krivosheev, the deputy director of Amnesty International for Europe and Central Asia, are cited in the message.

Besides, Krivosheev connected the adoption of the law with a position of Apple, which decided to delete the main VPN applications from the local version of the App Store. By such actions, according to the human rights activist, the corporation helps Chinese, and now Russian Government, to establish a censorship on the Internet and “threatens the rights of uncountable users of network”.

To recall, the law On Information, Information Technologies, and Information Security obliges operators of search engines to block references to the information resources included in the list of Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media) and also allows a supervising department to close the websites with information on ways of bypassing the block. The law also creates the official register of online resources, access to which is limited in Russia.