Russians Need VPNs. The Kremlin Hates Them

But the war in Ukraine has also reignited a debate within the VPN industry about whether these companies offer a safe way to dodge Russian internet censorship. “The most popular VPNs in Russia are free services,” says Simon Migliano, head of research at “These VPN services are operated by highly opaque entities. It’s very difficult for the average consumer to learn anything about the companies with whom they will be entrusting their data, and some of these companies make great efforts to keep it that way.”

Finnish company F-Secure told Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper that it stopped offering its VPN product,

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