Roskomnadzor: the Tor browser website is included in the register of prohibited information and blocked in the Russian Federation
Roskomnadzor (RKN) blocked access to the Tor browser website in Russia. The service page was also included in the register of prohibited information in the Russian Federation. This was reported to “Lente.ru” in the press service of Roskomnadzor.
“On the basis of a court decision, the resource https://www.torproject.org (https://www.torproject.org/) was included in A unified register of prohibited information, ”the regulator said. The RKN clarified that the reason for this was the posting of information on the portal that ensures the operation of means that provide access to illegal content. Access to the resource is limited, the department added.
As indicated in the Unified Register of information prohibited in Russia, the browser's website was included in the register by the decision of the Saratov District Court. The corresponding verdict was issued in December 2017.
Before Roskomnadzor announced the restriction of access to the Tor website, the browser developers told on their blog that the Russian authorities had officially blocked the main project site. The creators of the browser also gave users advice on bypassing the block.
Earlier, the Tor developers reported that some Russian Internet providers began blocking access to Tor on December 1. After that, Roskomnadzor demanded that the project remove the prohibited information. Tor's creators responded by calling for browser exit nodes. They called restricting access to the browser censorship.