Russia starts blocking Telegram messenger

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

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

Roskomnadzor, the Russian communications and technology watchdog, had demanded that the app be blocked. According to Russia's FSB Federal Security service, they claim that they need these keys in order to intercept messages that will help them prevent or safeguard against terrorist attacks.

Roskomnadzor intends to take measures to lock tools to use is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Telegram messenger. "We are not watching the users, however" Zharov said.

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.

Russia's state telecommunications regulator said on Monday that it had begun blocking access to messenger service Telegram, implementing a decision by a Russian court from last week.

Telegram representatives insist that handing over of the encryption keys is technically impossible. The messaging service offers end-to-end encryption, meaning that Telegram itself has no access to the content of messages.

Telegram's founder and CEO, Pavel Durov, was a pioneer of social media in Russian Federation but left the country in 2014.

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