Russia VPN: Kremlin claims no blocking plans

Security software providers and citizens breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, when the Kremlin announced no further plans to block VPNs in Russia “yet.”

Russian authorities have long fought against the use of these circumvention tools, as they allow citizens to circumvent strict government-imposed online restrictions. However, these efforts have not always produced the desired results. For example, VPN downloads in Russia have increased dramatically since the start of the conflict in Ukraine.