24 May 2018 18:15

Number of Russians who use services to bypass blocked Internet resources doubles over 2 years - Zharov

MOSCOW. May 24 (Interfax) - Over 10% of Russians use various services to bypass blocked Internet sites, Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov said.

"There are various ways of bypassing the blocking: VPN services, proxy programs. And although they are still used by a minority of the population, this number is increasing. It has increase to 10-15% from 5-7% two years ago," Zharov told NTV television at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2018).

The regulator is not looking to "chase" resources that constantly change their jurisdictions and names in the fight against "pirates,' but believes that the most effective method of counteraction is self-regulation, he said.

For that purpose, Roskomnadzor and right holders have already prepared a special memorandum, which the regulator hopes will be joined by search engines, Zharov said.