Roskomnadzor demanded that VPN services connect to the register of prohibited sites
The requirements for connecting to the State Information System (FGIS) were sent to the operators of 10 VPN services NordVPN, Hide My Ass!, Hola VPN, OpenVPN, VyprVPN, ExpressVPN, TorGuard, IPVanish, Kaspersky Secure Connection and VPN Unlimited.
FGIS contains a single register of banned Internet resources in the Russian Federation. According to the law, VPN services and Anonymizers are obliged to restrict access to Internet resources prohibited in Russia. So, services are required to connect to this system to gain access to the registry.
According to the current legislation, VPN services are required to connect to FGIS within 30 working days from the date of sending the requirements. Otherwise, FGIS may decide to restrict access to the VPN service.
It turned out that Roskomnadzor demanded to connect to the FGIS after receiving approval from the Federal Security Service.
It’s important to note that the search engines operators Yandex, Mail.ru, Sputnik, Rambler are currently connected to FGIS. At the beginning of 2019 Roskomnadzor fined the company Google for 500 thousand rubles for non-execution of requirements about connecting to FGIS.