Best VPNs for Russia

vpn services for RomaniaEarly in 2016, a high-ranking official suggested that Russia should adopt the strict internet censorship methods of the Chinese, in addition to the already stringent ones in place. For everyday Russians, this means loss of access to many perfectly legal sites elsewhere. However, Russian users can still access barred sites by masking their IP address using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). For example, if a user from Russia wants to access a banned U.S. site, a VPN service can generate an anonymous U.S. IP address and allow access past the regulators. For those interested, here are the best services in Russia to use for VPN:

1 winner
Rating:
4.9
/ 5.0

NordVPN is a great means for avoiding being hacked. Moreover, it prevents your data from being stolen. This is achieved by the strongest security level implying double data encryption that is being constantly beefed up. Thanks to enhanced protection you may connect public Wi-Fi and browse on the Internet using any hotspots. Traveling all over the world you may have access to any sites wherever you are staying. NordVPN guarantees total freedom of your activity and reliable protection.

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2 place
Rating:
5.0
/ 5.0

ExpressVPN has over 100 servers with access to content from 78 countries. They offer “blazing fast speeds” to stream videos from barred sites, and promises protection with SSL security and 256-bit encryption. Unlike many similar services, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 customer support via live chat. They are also known for their flexible payment plans; users can sign up for monthly, annual, or 6-month plans. With a 12-month plan costing only $8.32 per month, ExpressVPN is the closest to a free VPN service that users in Russia can get. 

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3 place
Rating:
4.8
/ 5.0

This service promises “complete online freedom,” and no “annoying buffering”. PC Magazine called PureVPN’s number of servers around the word “impressive” in terms of location diversity. Also praised were PureVPN’s speeds, found to be “excellent”. This VPN service offers users in Russia AES-256-bit secure connections and data encryption to curtail smartphone messages from regulators and hackers. Unfortunately, there is no free trial currently available, but there’s a 7-day money back guarantee. Users can also purchase add-on features like a NAT firewall upon installation. 

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4 place
Rating:
4.9
/ 5.0

IPVanish is marketed as a tier-1 VPN service, which means it offers the best network server speeds. The U.S.-based company practices a highly-desirable privacy policy where no user data, except for payments, is stored or logged. IPVanish is supported by Windows and Mac, and additional apps are available for Android, iOS, Ubuntu Linux, Windows Phone, Chrome OS and DD-WRT routers. Concurrent use is supported. This highly versatile VPN is ideal for those who particularly want to secure data and privacy.

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5 place
Rating:
4.9
/ 5.0

Golden Frog offers the highly acclaimed VyprVPN, which has 38 international servers and software for Windows, Mac, TV, Router, Android and iOS. Golden Frog claims their VPN is the “world’s fastest”. This is largely exaggerated, yet, the service comes with desirable features such as quick install, one-tap server selection, and one-click connect. There are no third parties involved. Vypr clusters servers, so it’s easy to change VPN to a new server from Russia without having to scroll down an endless list.

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Update: 13/12/2016

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