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Russian president Vladmir Putin has just signed a law that bans VPNs, proxies, or any other internet tools that may provide access to websites banned in Russia, or allow people to browse the web anonymously. The law will come into effect starting November 1, according to a Reuters report.

 

The law has already been approved by the Russian Duma, or the lower house of parliament. Leonid Levin, head of the information policy committee of the Duma, said the law is only intended to block access to ‘unlawful’ content.

Or so the law says, but with a presidential election coming in March 2018, it’s entirely likely that the law is there to prevent dissent or from giving Russian citizens access to articles that are critical of the current president.

Chat apps are also required to identify users with their phone numbers starting January 1, 2018. This means that attaching your phone number to your Facebook account is no longer just an option; it will be required by law.

It looks like Russia has beaten China to the punch when it comes to restricting communications and controlling the flow of information. China’s government is already requiring telcos to block personal VPNs, but the blocking process has a February 1, 2018 deadline, instead of a complete enforcement starting date.

 

While we’re on the subject of China, Gizmodo cites a TechCrunch report that Apple has complied with the country’s wishes to have an impervious Great Firewall, and has removed all major VPN apps from the China App Store. Just goes to show that when Western companies are made to choose between championing freedom of speech and making money off the Chinese market, it’s not really surprising that money does indeed do the talking.

If you can look past the nostalgic feel-good vibes of the new Nokia 3310, you would realize that the phone itself really isn’t anything to rave about.

 

But no matter, as Caviar, a Russian-Italian luxury smartphone customizer, decided to take matters into their own hands by sprucing up the Nokia 3310 with precious metals like titanium and gold, effectively rendering it completely shockproof. Did we also mention that the back of the device features a double profile of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his United States counterpart, Donald Trump, in gold?

 

Why these two gentlemen, in particular? We’d guess that it has something to do with them being the leaders of two of the most powerful countries in the world, and also the fact that they will be meeting each other later today during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Don’t take our word for it – the logo of the summit is actually engraved in the center of the device’s navigation buttons, while the date of the meeting (7/7/2017) is prominently featured below their portraits, in gold no less.

 

You can pay tribute to either of the two presidents by purchasing this custom-made Nokia 3310 for 149,000 rubles (~RM10,648). Let’s be honest, for that kind of money, why bother getting 44 ordinary Nokia 3310s when you can get one very special gold and titanium-plated one, right? Quality over quantity. Always.