Contents tagged with Roskomnadzor

  • Kremlin starts monitoring search engines and VPN services in Russia

    Russia’s media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has launched an automated system that monitors search engines, proxy and VPN services which allow access to the sites blocked in Russia. However, at the moment, the system is not blocking these services, including VPNs, said Roskomnadzor's press service, as quoted by TASS.

    Roskomnadzor noted that the system currently works in a test mode and is expected to be put into operation by the end of 2020.

    In April 2019, Russian government carried out a series of …

  • FSB demands round-the-clock access to Russian citizens’ online correspondence

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has demanded that the major internet service providers give it access to their users’ online activity, The Bell reports, citing sources in Russian internet companies.

    In summer last year, Russian companies on the register of information distribution operators (IDO) started receiving a letter from the FSB headquarters on Lubyanka Square related to the requirements of the “Yarovaya Law”. In the letter, the FSB instructed the companies to install equipment …

  • Kremlin files case against Facebook and Twitter

    Russia’s federal communications censorship agency, RosKomNadzor, has initiated an administrative case against Facebook and Twitter due to their non-compliance with Russia’s law on personal information.

    The department’s press service reported that the two social networks which, according to BR Analytics, have 2 million content creators and 210 million messages on a monthly basis, have failed to provide proof within the stipulated time frame that they are complying with the requirement to …

  • Sovereign internet drills cause major disruptions at Russian airports

    Russian airlines and airports were paralyzed for several hours due to a major disruption of the internet. As a result, the systems responsible for booking and buying tickets, flight registration and baggage and flight monitoring stopped working, Ura.ru reports, citing a source in one of the airlines.

    According to the source, the disruption could be linked to the testing of the “sovereign Russian internet”.

    “For several hours, the internet went down, as a result of which problems arose not …

  • Russia starts installing equipment to isolate internet

    Russia’s federal communications censorship agency,Roskomnadzor, has begun installing equipment to implement the law “On a sovereign internet”, which will come into force partially on November 1 this year and completely in 2021.

    Devices to “block network security threats” are currently being installed on the networks of the primary telecommunications operators, Roskomnadzor head Aleksandr Zharov told the TASS news agency.

    Testing will start at the end of September and continue for several …

  • Russia accuses ‘foreign forces’ of inciting unrest through YouTube

    Andrey Klimov, a member of Russia’s Federation Council, said that “foreign forces” used YouTube videos to provoke Russian citizens to protest unlawfully in Moscow on August 10.

    The commission for the protection of sovereignty that Klimov leads supposedly received information that “a large number of citizens received information that they did not ask for, from sources that they were not subscribed to”. He claims that the information was “incendiary” in nature and incited citizens to act …

  • Russia refuses to allocate radio frequencies to OneWeb global satellite internet

    The Russian authorities have once again refused to allocate radio frequencies to the developers of the OneWeb global satellite internet project. The State Commission for Radio Frequencies announced its ruling on Monday 29 July. All members of the commission voted against granting frequencies to the project, said Russian Deputy Communications Minister Oleg Ivanov as quoted by the newspaper Kommersant.

    The creators of OneWeb have been trying to obtain frequencies in Russia since 2017. Russia’s …

  • Russia prepares to block Facebook and Instagram

    Russia’s Public Prosecution Service has begun scouring social networks in search of materials that violate the law “On insulting state symbols and organs of state power” which was initiated by senator Andrey Klishas in December last year and came into force on 29 March.

    Images offensive to the Russian government have been found on Facebook and Instagram, Interfax reports, citing Russia’s federal censorship agency, Roskomnadzor (RKN).

    Facebook has already been added to the register of …

  • Tinder denies reports it will provide users' data to Russian Special Services

     The dating service Tinder confirmed that the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, entered the company in its  database of the information distributors, but that this does not mean that the data of its Russian users will be transferred to the authorities, reported Kommersant citing an official representative of Tinder.

     “The Russian authorities sent us a registration request and we registered the business in order to comply with the law. However, being registered in the database by no means …

  • Russia adopts law on autonomous internet

    On April 16, the State Duma of the Russian Federation, in the third and final reading, has adopted a law on ensuring the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment in the event of a disconnection from the global infrastructure, more commonly known as the Runet Isolation Law, writes TASS.

    This law will come into force on November 1, 2019.

    According to the Bell publication, the purpose of the law is “to counter the threat to the stability, security and integrity of the Internet in Russia.” …