Kaspersky Is Shutting Down Its VPN Service in Russia

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Kaspersky is stopping the operation and sales of its VPN product, Kaspersky Secure Connection, in the Russian Federation, with the free version to be suspended as early as November 15, 2022. BleepingComputer reports: As the Moscow-based company informed on its Russian blog earlier this week, the shutdown of the VPN service will be staged, so that impact on customers remains minimal. Purchases of the paid version of Kaspersky Secure Connection will remain available on both the official website and mobile app stores until December 2022. Customers with active subscriptions will continue to enjoy the product’s VPN service until the end of the paid period, which cannot go beyond the end of 2023 (one-year subscription).

Russian-based users of the free version of Kaspersky Secure Connection will not be able to continue using the product after November 15, 2022, so they will have to seek alternatives. BleepingComputer emailed Kaspersky questions regarding its decision to stop offering VPN products in Russia, but a spokesperson has declined to provide more information. Russia’s telecommunications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, announced VPN bans in June 2021 and then again in December 2021. “The reason for banning 15 VPNs in the country was because their vendors refused to connect their services to the FGIS database, which would apply government-imposed censorship in VPN connections, and would also make user traffic and identity subject to state scrutiny,” reports BleepingComputer.

“Ever-increasing controls are strangling VPN usage in Russia. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Digital Transformation requested all state-owned companies to declare what VPN products they use, for what purposes, and in what locations.”

Kaspersky Is Shutting Down Its VPN Service in Russia

Russians have until December to subscribe for a final year of access.

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Russians are losing one of the few remaining VPN services available to them in the country.

As BleepingComputer reports, Kaspersky announced that the Kaspersky Secure Connection VPN service is being shut down in the Russian Federation. The free version will stop working on Nov. 15, and the premium version will only remain available until December.

Anyone in Russia who paid for the service will continue to have access until their subscription period runs out, or until the end of 2023. It means Kaspersky could see a huge jump in new subscriptions before the end of December as Russians eager to protect their online privacy sign up for a one-year subscription while they still can.

Kaspersky hasn’t explained why it took the decision to shut down the service. BleepingComputer suggests it may be due to mounting pressure from the Russian government, which has been cracking down on the use of VPNs recently. For example, last week, the Ministry of Digital Transformation required all state-owned companies to share details of the VPN services they use.

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Telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor banned many popular VPN services in the country last year, and the war with Ukraine has led to severe government censorship. That, combined with a need for secure communications, meant even Russian officials have spent millions on VPN services this year. VPN app downloads among Russian consumers also increased by 1,200% back in March.

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