Published: Пн, Апреля 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Telegram messenger app blocked in Russian Federation

Telegram messenger app blocked in Russian Federation

The access to Telegram will be denied and there won't be technical conditions for sending messages, reported the Russian news agency TASS.

The instruction was issued by communications regulator Roskomnadzor in response to a district court ruling that Telegram should be restricted after it refused to grant Russian authorities access to its user data.

On April 16, Russian network providers began to block access to Telegram at the request of Roskomnadzor.

The blocking must be carried out within 24 hours.

"Roskomnadzor has received the ruling of (Moscow's) Tagansky court to block Telegram's services on Russian territory". The ban came as a result of its refusal to give Russian intelligence authorities access to its user encryption keys.

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Pavel Durov vowed that the messenger would use in-app methods to bypass the ban, so that its users would not have to do anything extra to stay online.

He also said that regardless of blocking, Telegram will retain the ability to send notices to all Russian users, informing them about the development of the situation. Telegram's litigation team has achieved its immediate goals set for them by Telegram's creator, Pavel Durov, related to the dispute with the FSB (Russia's Federal Security Service) and the Federal Service for Supervision of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications, said Telegram's lawyer Pavel Chikov on Monday, following the start of the messenger's blocking in Russia.

Twitterians in the Russian segment of the internet rushed to comment on the ban. Iran has also banned the Telegram service although it was later removed on January 13.

One of the leading instant messaging service companies, Telegram, has been blocked from carrying out its operations in Russian Federation weeks after a highly successful initial coin offering (ICO) which raked in $1.7 billion.

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