Turkmen authorities fight VPNs with Qur'an

The authorities of Turkmenistan have been struggling for several years with the spread of VPN technology in the country, which allows masking the IP address of a computer. However, this service cannot be completely blocked. And, according to media reports, the authorities decided to go the other way - to require citizens to swear on the Koran to refuse VPN.

According to Radio Azatlyk, new requirements have been applied to citizens wishing to have an Internet connection to their homes.

A woman who introduced herself as Ainur has been trying to bring the Internet to her home for more than a year and a half. She needs an Internet connection to communicate with her spouse who is working abroad. But the efforts of Ainur have so far not been crowned with success.

When it was time to connect, the woman was required to take an oath in the Muslim Holy Quran that she would not use VPN services.

“And without a VPN, no sites can be opened on the Internet. I don’t even know what to do, ”said the interlocutor of the radio station.

Many popular services that were previously blocked do not work without a VPN in Turkmenistan. Among them are Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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