Court bans Telegram messaging app in Russian Federation

Telegram users prep for blocking

Telegram users prep for blocking

Based on a ruling by Judge Alla Nazarova of the country's Supreme Court, Communications regulator Roskomnadzor said Telegram had just 15 days from the date of that ruling to provide the encryption keys. The court pointed out that Telegram would remain blocked in Russia until it provides encryption keys to the Russian authorities.

One of the fastest growing social networks and messaging apps in the world, Telegram, has been hit with a ban from Russian authorities. We will remind, the Russian special services failed in court to prove that the activity of the Telegram carries a potential threat to the lives of Russians. Despite today's ban, Durov once again said that Telegram has no plans to turn over its keys to the Russian government.

After Friday's ruling, Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor, said he would not say the "exact time when the block on Telegram will begin", adding that it would be "soon".

The saga began with the proposal of Russia's so-called anti-terrorist bill in 2016, which allows agencies such as the notorious KGB successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB), to access encrypted messaging services. While it might be possible for individuals to use virtual private networks for the Tor anonymity service to bypass such a move, the blocks would likely cause a major disruption for most Telegram users in that country. It claims to have more than 200 million active users.

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April 13, the Tagansky Court of Moscow granted Roscomnadzor's application to block access to the messenger in Russian Federation.

FSB's emphasis on getting access is because Telegram HS a terrorist problem due to the emphasis it places on user privacy. The company is insulated from the power that local governments typically have over IT companies because it has the "luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales", Mr Durov said in a message posted on his Telegram channel.

Telegram's lawyer, Pavel Chikov, termed the attempt to have the app stop being used in Russian Federation baseless. A Russian native, Durov now is based in Dubai. The hearing lasted 18 minutes and was boycotted by Telegram's lawyers in protest of the hurried process.

As a result, the app was blocked for a few weeks by the Iranian government. The company filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against the fine, lawyer Damir Gainutdinov told RAPSI on March 22.

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