Roskomnadzor has made the popular Russian VPN service HideMe in the register of banned sites

Roskomnadzor has made the popular Russian VPN service HideMe in the register of banned sites. About it reports the edition VC with reference to the representative of the project Nicholas, Gorbatenko.

The basis for inclusion of resource in the black list was the decision Uchalinsky district court of Republic Bashkortostan from 18 may 2016. It is noteworthy that there is another decision on the inclusion of the HideMe in the registry. 8 August 2016 it took a Kirov district court of Saratov. He considered the claim of the local Prosecutor’s office, complained that the service allows you to access sites with the literature, which in Russia is recognized extremist.

The Roskomnadzor in his letter of administration HideMe references posted on the site are prohibited information, while not specifying what exactly it is. The representative of the project Nicholas, Gorbacenko believes that the Agency wants removed from the site in the form of anonymizer. According to him, the team is ready to compromise and to disable access to the Russian resources with extremist content from the list of the Ministry of justice. If Roskomnadzor is not satisfied and the site will be lock, HideMe will move to another domain and “create a dozen mirrors.”

Now in Russia there is no direct ban on using anonymizers, however, prosecutors in various regions of Russia over the past few months actively block sites with the VPN service. In the register of Roskomnadzor was made more than ten such sites.

According to statistics SimilarWeb, in October 2016 HideMe called for 1.85 million people. More than 55% of them from Russia. At the moment access to the resource is not limited.

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