Tag: Roskomnadzor

YouTube Ads Interfering with Elections, Russia Warns Google

YouTube Ads Interfering with Elections, Russia Warns Google

It was reported last Tuesday that a number of Russian agencies, including the Central Election Commission (CEC) and communications regulator Roskomnadzor, had complained to Google about YouTube ads bought by the opposition are violating election laws. CEC member Alexander Klyukin was quoted saying that interference by foreign companies in the country’s electoral process will be considered meddling and a violation of the law. Leonid Volkov, an ally of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, admitted that the ads were bought by his team. Navalny, who was prevented from running against Putin, said that the CEC is lying about the laws that it […]

Russia Calls for Volunteers to Censor the Internet

Russia Calls for Volunteers to Censor the Internet

Russia’s interior minister, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, called this week for volunteers to help search for information deemed to be illegal by the Roskomnadzor, the country’s communications regulator. Sites such as those with LGBT content, those which criticize the government, and those accused of promoting terrorist propaganda are some of the sites that ISPs have been instructed to block. Free-speech activists estimate that there are now around 100,000 blocked sites, but Kolokoltsev is reportedly seeking to ban more and also called for volunteers to help public authorities in preventing drug abuse, combating juvenile delinquency as well.   Source: ZDNet

Russia Blocks VPNs and Proxy Services Used for Telegram

Russia Blocks VPNs and Proxy Services Used for Telegram

Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor moved to block around 50 VPN and proxy services for providing access to Telegram which had also been blocked around last month. The list of banned services had not been officially revealed as the ban on Telegram itself is said to not be going according to plan. The government initially blocked Telegram’s known IP addresses, but the service then switched to new IPs. After this, Roskomnadzor attempted to ban nearly 20 million IP addresses belonging to Amazon and Google Cloud, but abandoned the plan after a number of unrelated services had suffered outages for almost 12 […]

Russian Telecoms Watchdog Asks Google, Apple to Remove Telegram from Stores

Russian Telecoms Watchdog Asks Google, Apple to Remove Telegram from Stores

Russia’s state telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, had reportedly requested US tech giants Google and Apple to remove the messaging app Telegram from their download stores. Russia had officially banned the encrypted messaging service in the country after CEO Pavel Durov had refused to surrender private user data to the FSB. Durov also announced a few days ago that Telegram may still work despite the ban, but not at 100% without a VPN. Source: CNBC

Telegram Will Bypass Russia Ban, Says CEO

Telegram Will Bypass Russia Ban, Says CEO

Last Friday, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov revealed that their application will be using its built-in systems to bypass the ban Russia had brought down last Friday. Durov said on his VK page that users will not have to do anything. However, he cannot guarantee that the messaging app will work 100% without using VPNs. A Russian court had already ruled in favor of the Roskomnadzor to ban the encrypted messaging service in the country, but the date of effectivity had not been specified. Source: Reuters

Russia Moves to Block Telegram via Lawsuit

Russia Moves to Block Telegram via Lawsuit

Russia’s communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said that it has filed a lawsuit against popular encrypted messaging app Telegram for refusing to give the FSB access to its users’ private messages. The Russian security service said that it needed access to the secret messages to aid its work, particularly against terrorism, and said that Telegram had to comply with its obligation as an organizer of information distribution. However, founder and CEO Pavel Durov had already said on Twitter that “Threats to block Telegram unless it gives up private data of its users will not bear fruit. Telegram will stand for freedom and […]

Russian Watchdog to Audit Facebook in Second Half of 2018

Russian Watchdog to Audit Facebook in Second Half of 2018

Last Thursday, Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor said that it will be auditing Facebook’s compliance with Russian legislation in the second half of the year. It was reported that Roskomnadzor chief Alexander Zharov had met with Facebook executives in Moscow earlier this week to discuss the social media giant’s compliance with the country’s laws. Zharov adds that Facebook has agreed to share necessary information with them during the comprehensive audit.   Source: Reuters

Google Sends Clarification to Russian Comms Watchdog on Website Rankings

Google Sends Clarification to Russian Comms Watchdog on Website Rankings

Google recently sent a letter to Russia’s communications watchdog in an attempt to clear confusion on the company’s alleged discrimination against state-backed Russia Today and Sputnik. Google told Roskomnadzor that they didn’t change their algorithm to de-rank the websites, and Dr. Eric Schmidt was referring instead to the improvement of search quality when he recently spoke of giving “less prominence” of certain web sources. The issues came to light after US intelligence agencies said that both websites were involved in spreading misinformation against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections. Source: Reuters

Russian Regulator to Monitor Facebook Closely for Compliance with Law

Russian Regulator to Monitor Facebook Closely for Compliance with Law

Last Wednesday, Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor said that it will be checking if Facebook had been complying with Russian law. The watchdog had already threatened Facebook with a ban last September, telling it that it had to store the data of Russian citizens in servers within the country. Now, the regulator has officially stated that it will be closely supervising the administration of Facebook and its processing of Russian users’ personal information. Critics, however, considered it as just another attack on social media as the country’s government seeks to gain more control over the Internet.   Source: Reuters

Russia May Ban Facebook, WhatsApp Ban Complete with Great Firewall Upgrade

Russia May Ban Facebook, WhatsApp Ban Complete with Great Firewall Upgrade

Russia says it may completely ban Facebook starting 2018, unless the social media giant complies with the country’s privacy and user protection laws. Facebook will have to store data on servers in the country and not send them overseas. Russian privacy watchdog Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov says the company will be stopped from working in the Russian Federation if they fail to do so. Meanwhile, the recent upgrade to China’s Great Firewall has completely blocked the NoiseSocket protocol that Facebook’s WhatsApp uses, rendering the messaging app unusable in the country. The government did not say why it was banned, but […]