Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Telegram Block Begins in Russia, Says Regulator Roskomnadzor

Pavel Durov's September 2017 post on Telegram explains why he can't visit Iran and Russia. Source Telegram Pavel Durov's September 2017 post on Telegram explains why he can't visit Iran and Russia. Source Telegram
Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2018, 18:18

The actions of the leadership of the company managing the Telegram messenger pose threat to Russia's interests and security of its citizens, Maria Smelyanskaya, a representative of Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, said during the hearing on the messenger blocking on Friday.

The legal action against Telegram was requested by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), which had previously asked Telegram CEO Pavel Durov to provide the agency with encryption keys in an effort to deter terror attacks in Russian Federation, since the messenger is believed to be widely used by terrorists. Roskomnadzor is also set to send requests to the AppStore and Google Play to delete the applications.

The agency revealed that the procedure had been launched after its lawyers received documents confirming the ruling by Tagansky District Court in Moscow last Friday, which ordered a block on Telegram in Russian territory.

Telegram has more than nine million users in Russian Federation alone, and an estimated 200 million users worldwide.

In its court filing, media regulator Roskomnadzor said Telegram had failed to comply with its legal requirements as a "distributor of information".

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In July 2017, the FSB demanded that Telegram provide the keys to decrypt user messages citing its own administrative order, which established the procedure for providing the encryption keys. Messenger's refusal to hand over its encryption keys to the FSB provoked the trial in the first place.

The agency's lawyers also told reporters that access to Telegram in Russian Federation would be restored after the company fulfills the order to hand over the encryption keys.

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