US-based Tor Project and Russian digital-rights protection org RosKomSvoboda are appealing a Russian court's decision to block access to public Tor nodes and the project's website.
The Tor Project operates the Tor decentralized network, which runs
on top of the Internet, allowing users to bypass censorship, access websites anonymously, and visit special Onion URLs (.onion) accessible only over Tor. In December, the Tor Project announced that Russia blocked their website and various public Tor
nodes used to connect to the decentralized network in regions of Russia.
RosKomSvoboda and Tor believe that the court's decision to block the Tor Project's website and infrastructure is illegal for the following reasons:
For now, Russian users can bypass the country's censorship of the website using a mirror site hosted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation at https://tor.eff.org/ . Volunteers have also
contributed over 1,000 additional Tor bridges that are not currently blocked, allowing Russian people to access the Tor network and counter government censorship.
- The case was considered without the participation of the representatives of Tor, which violated their procedural rights and the adversarial nature of the process;
- The decision violates the constitutional right to freely provide, receive and
disseminate information and protect privacy.