The Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications better known as Russia’s federal agency Roskomnadzor is continuing the execution of ‘Blacklisted <website> law’ passed in 2012 by Russia’s governing body Duma. End of 2015 and beginning of 2016 will see more torrent sites, porn sites and ‘Western’ sites banned in Russia.
Not to worry – there is a solution to circumvent this ban and we’ll go into detail about a number of workarounds below.
The ‘Blacklist’ is administered by Roskomnadzor and Federal Drug Control Service of Russia. The primary purpose for the law is protecting Russian children from harmful content; particularly that which glorifies drug usage, advocates suicide or describes suicide methods, or contain child pornography.
People can too submit requests to Roskomnadzor. Once ‘harmful content’ is identified, the site host would get a notice asking to remove the content and have 3 days to do so – if they would not remove it willingly, the site would be added to the Blacklist. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are then asked to block the site(s) in question.
Reason cited: “making calls for unlawful activity and participation in mass events held with breaches of public order”.
Reason cited: Promoting “extremist views”
Reason cited: It is illegal to depict a public figure in a way that has nothing to do with his “personality.”
Reason cited: Contribution to ‘shadow economy’
Reason cited. Promoting extremist views.
Reason cited. Harmful for children.
Reason cited. Sites added to the Unified Register of Banned Information for distribution of illegal pornography
Roskomnadzor are confident the geo-restriction initiatives will be carried out successfully, saying “according to statistics 95% of people do not use tools to bypass locks”.
Be in the know – learn the tools to unblock the sites.
VPNs help you bypass geo-restrictions and change your virtual location by changing your true geographical location. They do this by masking your IP address with the IP address of a VPN server. So when the download site looks at your IP, it will see the IP of the VPN server you are using the internet through and not your true IP. Since VPNs, like NordVPN allow you to choose a from a number of servers from anywhere in the world, you can connect to a server in a region where Rutracer and other sites will be accessible and you’re good to go. VPNs also offer you security in that they encrypt all data shared between the internet and your system, so your data cannot be compromised, your ISP cannot see what you are browsing.
Proxy servers allow you to access a particular website through their remote server. They basically act as mediators, connecting you to the website through one of their servers. Proxy servers are usually free, but the free ones are full of ads and speeds are really low due to high traffic. Many a times proxy servers cannot work for a specific website, so if you want to use a proxy server, you can only wish that there is an unblocked proxy server for your desired website. Also, your proxy does not encrypt your online data, unlike a VPN.
A good option for downloading is SOCKS5 Proxy. More info << HERE>>
If you consider streaming as an alternative to downloading – a great solution which is built into native NordVPN apps awaits. Connect directly to sites like Netflix, Hulu and more. More info <<HERE>>
SmartDNS works in a similar way to VPN in that they also mask your true IP address from onlookers to make it appear like you are using the service from somewhere else. However, there are two noteworthy distinctions between the two:
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