The number of Russians using VPNs in 2023 increased by 37% compared to 2022 and 2.5 times compared to 2021, according to a Platforma study.

The number of VPN users in Russia has increased by 2.5 times since 2021

Top 5 regions where the highest proportion of VPN users were identified in 2023:

  • Moscow – 11%
  • Krasnodar and Krasnodar region: 9%
  • St. Petersburg – 8%
  • Rostov-on-Don and Rostov region: 5%
  • Perm and Perm region: 5%

It should be noted that the share of capital decreased by 10 percentage points (pp) in 2023 compared to 2022. The Krasnodar Territory lost 3 percentage points, and St. Petersburg and the Rostov region – 1 percentage point each. The Perm region maintained its position.

Platforma associates the figures obtained with the active growth of VPN users in other regions, which is why the redistribution of shares occurs.

According to 2023 data, VPN users between 35 and 44 years old (63%) use VPN the most; Compared to 2022, their number decreased by 4 percentage points. At the same time, the share of Russians using services between 25 and 34 years old increased by 10 percentage points this year. compared to the previous year.

The experts analyzed a series of anonymous data on the Internet traffic of more than 11 million subscribers across the country from January 2021 to October 2023.

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Anastasia Marina

Source: RB

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