reestr.rublacklist.net/rec/36749/), but there have been others as well.
The journalist attempted to get Rozkomnadzor to comment but did not get an answer. Experts in the field, however, were quite ready to criticize this latest move. “Technically, it is clear that this is completely absurd,” Sergey Golubitsky, an IT-journalist said. “There are “hundreds” of anonymizers, and however many you close, others will be opened.”
Vladimir Kharitonov, executive direction of the Association of Internet Publishers, adds that “an experienced programmer can create a new anonymizer in an hour.” Thus, “the tactic of Roskomnadzor so far is not too effective,” and he says that those who want to see this or that site will still be able to use various means to get to the sites they are interested in.
Golubitsky is more pessimistic about what the latest development means. He argues that “Russia is slowly moving toward the Chinese variant of regulating the Internet, that is, to a ban on everything that is not officially permitted. In China,” he notes, “the ‘Golden Shield’ system works” with “servers filtering all traffic between Chinese providers and the worldwide web.”
China may be able to get away with this without much difficulty, he says, but Russia cannot. “No one will invest in a country with such repressive laws. China is a branch of the producers of American products, a factory for the entire world. The Americans invest not in China but in their own production. But in Russia, the last foreign factories are closing.”
“If nothing changes,” the IT-journalist says, “a year from now, the [Russian] economy will be in ruins."