The authorities do not approve of the use of VPN services to bypass the blocking of sites and services, but they will not be punished for this. About this in an interview with RBC said Maksut Shadayev, head of the Ministry of Digital Development. According to him, this is a “reasonable compromise.”

“No penalties for users will be categorically introduced <...> But, of course, this contradicts the policy of the state, when, in principle, they restrict access to some resources,” the minister said.

He added that after the start of the military operation and the blocking of social networks Facebook *, Instagram * and Twitter, Russians have become 80% less likely to use them, even using VPN services that help bypass the restrictions.

That is, 80% [пользователей] <...> inconvenient to switch, turn on, turn off [VPN]”, Maksut Shadayev explained.

March 21 Tverskoy Court of Moscow acknowledged American company Meta by an extremist organization. The court also ruled to block her Facebook and Instagram. Prosecutor General’s Office declaredthat the use of these social networks “not for the purposes of extremism” will not be considered as his support.

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*Owned by Meta Corporation, which is recognized as extremist and banned in the Russian Federation