Russian Federation bans use of messaging app Telegram

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2018

"The decision of Tagansky District Court of Moscow on the restricted access to internet resources of the organizer of the information dissemination in the Telegram Messenger Limited Liability Partnership was submitted to Roskomnadzor".

The Russian courts have recently ordered that the Telegram be blocked in the country. "Due to this, the information on these internet resources was sent to the mobile phone operators to limit the access on April 16", the message said.

"The FSB's requirements to provide access to private conversations of users are unconstitutional, baseless, which can not be fulfilled technically and legally", he said.

Roskomnadzor intends to take measures to lock tools to use is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Telegram messenger. Telegram said last month its total audience globally surpassed 200 million users, driven by attention for the world's largest initial coin offering.

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Pavel Chikov, the lawyer who represented Telegram's interests during the court dispute with the authorities, wrote on Twitter on Monday morning that the website had become unavailable.

As expected, messaging app Telegram has been formally blocked in Russian Federation after its owner refused to hand the authorities encryption keys to help with investigations.

Roskomnadzor claimed that Telegram had not been entirely honest in its statements, as some unnamed experts said that it is still possible to give the security services some keys allowing secret messages to be decoded.

But the company said the way the service was built meant it had no access to customers' encryption keys.

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