Microsoft blocked the installation of Windows 10 and 11 in Russia from the company’s official website, Russian state media reported Sunday. Users in the country have confirmed that attempts to download Windows 10 result in a 404 error message.
Tass (acronym for Telegrafnoe aguentstvo Sovietskovo Suza, a major Russian news agency, along with Rossia Segodnia and Interfax) reported that attempts to download a Windows 11 disk image (ISO) have been diverted to a Microsoft support contact page. However, the software is available with a virtual private network (VPN) to hide a computer’s location, as well as many other online resources:
Attempts to install Windows 11 and Windows 10 from the Microsoft website fail. The TASS correspondent was convinced of this.
An error occurs when trying to download a Windows 11 disc (ISO) image from the company’s website. “Error: There was a problem with your request. For assistance, please visit the Microsoft support contact page,” reads the message. However, if you are using a VPN, the download is performed.
If you try to download Windows 10, you also get an error: “404 – File or directory not found”. With a VPN connection, the download takes place.
According to statistics from Top10VPN, which regularly publishes data on the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) around the world, demand for VPNs has increased by an unprecedented 2692% in Russia, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have removed access to apps. from position:
Demand for VPN resurfaced in Russia over the weekend of March 12-13, with Russian authorities banning Instagram in retaliation to parent company Meta for allowing claims for violence against the Russian military to remain on its platforms.
Demand for VPN services peaked at 2,692% on March 14 compared to the average daily demand the week before the invasion of Ukraine. This latest spike follows three days of sustained interest. As of March 31, the demand for VPN decreased but remained very high with 243% above normal, while the average daily demand for VPN between March 15 and 31 was 617% above normal. .
The official ban on Facebook and Twitter on March 4 had previously fueled demand for VPN services, sending it over 1,000% above baseline for two consecutive days.
The restrictions on Facebook and Twitter began on the weekend of February 26-27 with internet speeds when accessing these platforms so severely limited that they were rendered unusable, prompting Russians to increasingly turn to VPN services. Demand for VPNs increased during this week, and on March 3 it outperformed the benchmark by more than 750%
Our analysis of the Russian Central Register of Blocked Sites shows that the Kremlin has blocked more than 1,000 war-related sites since the invasion, including the Russian-language sites of BBC News, Deutsche Welle and Voice of America.
Russian authorities confirmed on March 15 that they had attempted to block VPN traffic and would continue to do so.
In early March, Microsoft announced that it would suspend new sales of Microsoft products and services in the country due to the invasion of Ukraine and in accordance with government sanctions orders.
A few days later, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov called on the company to do more and block access to its products in the region: during 10 days of war, Russia launched more than 400 cruise missiles against the Ukraine: kindergartens, hospitals and residential areas buildings were destroyed. Microsoft, Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, help us stop it: block the access of Azure, Skype, GitHub from Russia.
This month, Microsoft announced it was making substantial cuts to its operations in Russia, including reducing more than 400 jobs in Russia.
Federov has regularly urged big tech companies on Twitter to stop doing business in Russia. Many including SAP, Oracle, Dell, Sony Interactive Entertainment, AMD, Intel, Ericsson, etc. they have withdrawn or drastically reduced their operations.
Here’s an overview of what’s been happening in the IT world since February 24th.
The following companies have stopped ads or removed the ability to mount them in Russia:
- February 25: Half banned Russian state media from broadcasting advertising or monetizing worldwide;
- February 25: Twitter advertising in Ukraine and Russia temporarily suspended to highlight “information critical to public safety”;
- March 2: Hurried suspended ads on the Snapchat app in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine;
- 3rd March: Alphabet suspended all advertising in Russia, covering research, YouTube and editorial partners;
- March 7: Apple suspended ads on the App Store in Russia;
- March 10: Google Play and YouTube have suspended editing features and payment services in Russia;
- March 23: Google said it would not allow YouTube channels, websites or apps to sell war rejection ads.
Some companies have restricted or labeled Russian state news channels, including RT and Sputnik, and Russian disinformation, or have severed links with Russian search engines:
- February 28th: Roku removed RT from its channel store;
- February 28th: Tic knock prevented state-supported news outlets from accessing their accounts;
- 1st March: Half limited access to Russian state media RT and Sputnik in the EU;
- 1st March: DuckDuckGo has terminated its relationship with the Russian search engine Yandex;
- March 2: Reddit banned links to Russian state-sponsored media on the entire site;
- 3rd March: Spotify removed all content from Sputnik and RT;
- 4th March: Telegram Russian state media banned following pressure from Europe to remove channels;
- 8th of March: instagram downgraded Russian state media posts on its feeds, lowering their priority in the story queue and warning people before they reshare content from state-controlled media;
- March 10: DuckDuckGo decided to declassify information from sites associated with the Russian state;
- March 11th : Youtube blocked access to channels associated with Russian state media around the world.
The following companies have ceased sales in Russia:
- 1st March: Apple suddenly Russia of “all product sales”;
- 3rd March: CD project teamgame developer The Witcher, has stopped all sales of its products in Russia and Belarus;
- 4th March: SAMSUNG stopped shipments of products to Russia, suspending exports of products such as chips, smartphones and consumer electronics;
- 4th March: Microsoft suspended new sales of products and services in Russia;
- 4th March: Activision Blizzard discontinued new sales of its games in Russia;
- March 5: Epic games has announced that it is “stopping trade” in Russia;
- March 9: sony suspension of sales of software and hardware in Russia.
The following companies have suspended their activities in Russia, stopped acquiring new customers or stopped their services in Russia:
- February 28th: netflix he said he would not add any Russian channels to his service;
- 1st March: Mastercard and Visa prevented Russian banks from accessing their networks;
- 3rd March: Spotify closed its office in Russia indefinitely;
- 3rd March: PayPal suspended its services in Russia, also affecting its money transfer service Xoom ;
- 4th March: Amazon Web Services (AWS) stopped accepting new customers in Russia;
- 4th March: Convincing communicationsa US-based Internet Service Provider has discontinued services to Russian customers;
- March 6: Tic knock suspended live streaming and uploading of new content in Russia;
- March 6: netflix completely suspend its services in Russia;
- March 7: corporate technology companies EPAM systems And Luxoft announced that they were cutting their ties with Russia;
- March 7: We work ceased its activities in Russia, halting its expansion plans and divesting its activities in the region;
- March 9: Lumena US-based Internet Service Provider, has ceased operations in Russia;
- March 9: sony Playstation Store operations in the country stopped;
- March 9: Bumble ceased operations in Russia and removed its apps from Apple and Google stores in the country;
- March 9: Amazon stopped shipping products from its retail site and restricted access Amazon Prime in Russia ;
- March 16: Qualcomm he said he would stop selling products to Russian companies;
- March 25: Spotify announced that he would “completely suspend” his service in Russia;
- April 5: Intel suspended all commercial operations in Russia.
Other companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Nvidia, German SAP, Oracle, Nokia IBM, Cisco are also part of the lot. From the point of view of the Russians, the fact that TSMC has also joined the ban is likely to weigh even more. In fact, Russian semiconductor companies such as Baikal, MCST, Yadro, and STC Module design their own chips, but have them manufactured by the Taiwanese contract manufacturer.
In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened retaliatory sanctions, including banning the export of products or raw materials produced or extracted in Russia when delivered to sanctioned individuals or by sanctioned individuals of other individuals.
Russia is also blocking the export of millions of tons of wheat from Ukraine, an action that EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has condemned as a “true war crime aimed at militarizing hunger”.
Sources: Tass, Top10VPN
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