Telegram messenger app blocked in Russian Federation

Борьбу Роскомнадзора с Telegram высмеяли в меткой карикатуре

Борьбу Роскомнадзора с Telegram высмеяли в меткой карикатуре

The ruling follows months of battles between Telegram and federal telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor.

A recent demand by Russian security agency the FSB to help Telegram decrypt messages linked to six phone numbers went unanswered by the firm.

On April 13, the court in Moscow ruled to satisfy the lawsuit of Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media or Roskomnadzor and block Telegram in the territory of Russian Federation. Telegram is especially popular among political activists, of all stripes, and is used by the Kremlin to communicate with journalists, but it has also been used by jihadists.

"At any given moment, a government can crash their stocks by threatening to block revenue streams from its markets and thus force these companies to do unusual things (remember how a year ago Apple moved iCloud servers to China)", he added.

Telegram has more than nine million users in Russian Federation alone, and an estimated 200 million users worldwide. Even if Durov changes Telegram's software to try to bypass Russia's block, "he will realize that most people just don't want to bother", Kremlin internet adviser German Klimenko said on Facebook. Other countries to have blocked the app or its services includes Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Bahrain.

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

The court order comes as Telegram refuses to provide law enforcement and intelligence operations with a key to read the encrypted messages on the service. We strongly suggest seeking advice from your own financial, investment, tax, or legal adviser.

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