This article is from the PGP FAQ, by Jeff Licquia firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
In much of the civilized world, encryption is either legal, or at
least tolerated. However, there are a some countries where such
activities could put you in front of a firing squad! Check with the
laws in your own country before using PGP or any other encryption
product. A couple of the countries where encryption is illegal are
France, Iran, and Iraq.
*** NEWS FLASH ***
On April 3, 1995, Boris Yeltsin issued a decree formally banning
encryption with methods not approved by the state. This would,
presumably, include PGP. Thus, Russia must be added to the short list
*** END NEWS FLASH ***
The legal status of encryption in many countries has been placed on
the World Wide Web. You can access it from: