It's a black day for internets: a bill draft was proposed by Russian government that bans usage of , , and other anonymizers. This happened only 10 days after a Tor exit node administrator was arrested. Being anonymous is now a crime in Russia...

@Xenia sadly, not at all surprising. It may have been below the surface, but the true nature of the Russian government was bound to come bubbling back up sometime....


My understanding of Russia is rudimentary but I find Putin fascinating.

@IndignantBastard @Xenia Fascinating like bowel cancer can be fascinating to oncologists, I guess

@Xenia You'll forgive me what I imagine is a stupid question, but is there anything that can be done to prevent this? Any legislative or legal options?

. @Xenia @brownmattb no one wants to take responsibility for this law actually. It's not yet in the process but it seems way too real.
Laws in Russia may work if it's something that doesn't affect government but I think that in this case there are many parties who are interested (media owners who want to ban torrents for good and government what cannot ban opposition sites completely now).
That's how things work here: every time after massive protests things get worse
("tighting the screws")

@Xenia Sad, sad, sad - and it is not only Russia. People cheer while conservatives all over the world take away their freedom.

@Xenia I'm surprised that Edward Snowden hasn't mentioned anything about this lately. I'd find this at least somewhat worrisome if I were him..

@Xenia Does this also ban vpns for government and corporate use or just personal?
je ne comprends pas bien l'anglais (et rien au russe)
mais ce me semble être une proposition de loi (donc pas encore passé) d'interdire l'utilisation de tor, des VPN et autres moyens d’anonymisation

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