Is TOR usage legal in Ukraine? I mean for legal purposes. Are there any countries where TOR is not legal? Thank you very much!


Questions like this have come up before. The more general question would be whether encryption is illegal in Ukraine.

The country does have its own set of regulations for the use of cryptography, which do also seem to apply to domestic use, as detailed on the Ukraine page of the cryptolaw.org site:

2. Domestic laws and regulations

Production, trade and use of cryptography are subject to licensing, according to the Law On Licensing Certain Types of Economic Activity of 1 June 2000. Licenses are issued by the Department of Special Telecommunication Systems and Protection of Information of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). A joint order, No. 88/66, of the State Committee for Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship and the SBU’s Telecom Department regulates the use of encryption and contains an application form to request a license.

You would have to research further to determine if there are any existing legal precedences - i.e. previous cases - showing how easy the above laws would be to enforce.

With regards as to whether Tor is illegal in other countries: almost certainly in countries where domestic use of encryption is illegal, of which there must be plenty. (Regardless of what the Tor FAQ says... )


TOR is not legal in Belarus, Ukraine's neighbor. Belarusian government maintains a list of blocked internet resources. All instruments that could allow users to access these resources are forbidden there.


There's no explicit prohibitions of Tor in any country as far a sI know, but there's some law collisions that can make Tor usage illegal, like the case of Pakistan, or Zimbabwe case . In Ukraine - as far as I know - it's legal

  • And what about TAILS OS? It is also legal in Ukraine?
    – Next
    Apr 2 '16 at 17:22
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    @Next Tails OS = Linux distro. Linux is legal in Ukraine, so Tails too
    – Alexey Vesnin
    Apr 2 '16 at 17:32
  • Do you use TAILS? Does it really give more anonymity in the Internet?
    – Next
    Apr 2 '16 at 17:38
  • @Next no, I'm using my distro I'm about to release soon. TAILS is too raw for me, I didn't liked it]
    – Alexey Vesnin
    Apr 2 '16 at 18:49

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