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Roskomnadzor head doubts expediency of blocking anonymizers

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As reports RBC, Alexander Zharov, head of Roskomnadzor, spoke out against banning resources that allow anonymous visits to Internet sites. "Is it possible to block anonymizers? Yes. Is it effective? No, " he said in an interview on the Rossiya 24 channel.
Zharov explains his position by saying that "a few percent" of users use resources such as VPNs, anonymizers and the Tor network. Nevertheless, Roskomnadzor will continue to look for a solution to the problem and hopes to find "some kind of solutions that will protect citizens from illegal content, " he notes.
Over the past 3 years, the global share of encrypted traffic has increased 3 times (from 4% to 12%). And all anonymous traffic is blocked in China, Syria, Iran, and Thailand.
Since the registry of banned sites began operating in Russia, Roskomnadzor has received 165, 000 requests to block resources with illegal content. On charges of extremism, 4, 300 sites were added to the register, but most of them turned out to be copies of the 300 main resources that the Prosecutor General’s Office had drawn attention to.
With a proposal for pre-trial blocking of anonymizers and the Tor network at the end of February was made by Leonid Levin, head of the Duma committee on information policy :
"Perhaps this would not only limit access to banned information through anonymous networks, but it would also enhance the ability to counter the commercial distribution of malware and illegal access to computer information."
Anonymizers allow anonymous access to resources that are restricted by Roskomnadzor. And the Tor network provides a proxy mechanism that allows you to establish a connection anonymously and protect yourself from eavesdropping.
While Russia is still debating on the subject, Belarus has taken steps to pre-trial blocking of anonymizers and Tor "green light."

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