Russia Blocks Privacy Service Tor In Latest Move To Control Internet
December 08, 2021
Russia's media regulator has blocked the online anonymity service Tor in what is
seen as the latest move by Moscow to bring the Internet in Russia under its
Roskomnadzor announced it had blocked access to the popular service on December
8, cutting off users' ability to thwart government surveillance by cloaking IP
"The grounds were the spreading of information on the site ensuring the work of
services that provide access to illegal content," Roskomnadzor told AFP in
explaining the decision.
In recent months, Russia has accused social-media platforms and other tech
giants of flouting the country's Internet laws by not removing content banned in
Russia. The authorities have also sought to force foreign firms to open
representative offices and store data collected on Russian citizens inside the
Russian courts have ordered Google to pay fines totaling hundreds of thousands
of dollars for failing to delete banned content on its search engine and on
YouTube, and have fined Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, and TikTok on
from Tor, Russia has blocked six other virtual private network (VPN) service
providers that shield IP addresses, and still seeks to block others.
The moves threaten to cut off the main avenue for the country's political
opposition, rights groups, and activists to express their views.
Critics accuse the authorities of trying to quell dissent.
Russia launched a "sovereign Internet" project in 2019 that could allow the
Russian segment of the Internet, or RuNet, to separate itself from the World