Oracle blocking Java installs in Russia

Summary:UPDATED. Reports indicate that users in Russia who attempt to download and install Java are being told that a government embargo forbids it.


Users in Russia are reporting that attempts to install Java are being redirected to a page which says that installation is forbidden under a legal embargo.

The page referred to in the reports does exist on, but we have not been able to confirm that users in Russia are redirected to it.

Updated on August 9: A user in Russia has confirmed for ZDNet that he was redirected to the embargo page when attempting to install Java.

The page says nothing about Russia or any other country, but it is located in the /ru directory of The image below is of the same page in the folder:

We have also been unable to locate any news or government announcements indicating that distribution of software like Java would be banned.

We have contacted Oracle for comment and will include it in this article when we receive it.

Topics: Government, Government : US


Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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