The Russian Parliament approved the draft law on restriction of freedom on the Internet

The Federation Council of Russia approved a bill banning the use of proxy servers, including a virtual corporate network. The document, approved on July 25, also prohibits sending text messages from a phone anonymously.

On July 21, this bill was approved by the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the State Duma. The next step is to send it to Russian President Vladimir Putin to be signed.

If signed, the document will come into force on January 1, 2018, less than three months before the presidential elections, in which Vladimir Putin is expected to run.

  Internet freedom, State Duma