VPN services, which the Russian authorities have banned, have in common the fact that they were included in the lists that were once sent by Roskomnadzor to banks and which surfaced on the Internet. This is where their similarity ends. It is clear that there are no Russian services there, because they either do not sit in Russia, or, if they are on its territory, they cooperate with Roskomnadzor – like Kaspersky’s VPN. It can hardly be said that this is a purposeful story. I think that the services were selected in some random way from the list that they originally compiled, and they tried to do something. However, it cannot be said that they stopped working.
Yes, we see reports that there are mobile providers that have a number of VPN protocols that do not work. In particular, they write to us that the AirGuard protocol does not work on Beeline. This can be. TSPU has the ability to define VPN protocols and block them, but not all. Here, you should expect blocked services to fall into two categories. The first of them will say: “We are not interested in the Russian market, so we will not do anything. Let them block it, we just won’t have clients. ” The second will say: “We have solutions for China that work there, they will work in Russia as well” – and will remake Russian clients for such solutions. I think Nord VPN and Express VPN will do this soon when they see that Russian users are not available to them.
I think that this method of bypassing blocking will remain forever, because, for example, in China everyone is still using VPN, nothing has changed there. Russia is likely to have the same story. Plus we have such an accelerator that has an Amnezia VPN graduate. This is an unusual VPN – you don’t buy access from someone else, but buy hosting and put amnesia on it. This is done through a visual interface, any housewife will do it. This is the decision of our graduate who works in Turkmenistan, where VPN is blocked as tightly as possible. It works there, and everything is fine. This way of bypassing the blocking is also possible.
Plus, it’s understandable that no one has reversed decisions like Psiphon and Lantern. In general, they showed themselves well even during the Belarusian shutdowns, which were much tougher than the current locks, and they will also work if there is a desire to bypass the locks. However, they are not very convenient to use for daily surfing, just as it is inconvenient to use Tor for this. Everything is as usual – browser plugins that are not yet blocked can be used, including our Censor Tracker VPN. It will soon become clear which services will work in Russia and which will not. For emergencies, Psiphon, Tor and Lantern will remain.