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Russians Are Finding Ways Around Putin’s Internet Blockade

  • Several VPN providers are reporting a surge in usage
  • Facebook, Twitter are among online media services blocked
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Russia Moves Toward Isolated Internet, Bans Facebook, Twitter

Russians are rapidly turning to internet services that cloak their location to help bypass restrictions on accessing foreign social media and news sites.

Providers of virtual private networks, or VPNs, are recording a surge in usage from Russia after the Kremlin cracked down on Facebook and other services as part of a broader effort to silence dissent and limit information about its invasion of Ukraine.