President Putin is struggling to control the narrative about his war in the Ukraine. Despite his efforts to clamp down on social media and information within his borders, a growing number of Russian internet users are using specialized circumvention technologies to access outside sources and bypass the Kremlin's restrictions. Russians have been flocking to a variety of tools to access blocked websites or safely share news about the war. Tor, Lantern, all the VPNs, anything that's masking who you are or where you're going, downloads are increasing dramatically, said Sascha Meinrath, a communications professor at Penn State University. What Russia faces now is an intensifying game of cat and mouse, according to Natalia Krapiva, a lawyer at the digital rights group Access Now.

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