Russian Federation to enforce nationwide ban on Telegram app

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By Tuesday morning, some 2,5 million IP-addresses were blocked Lenta.ru reports.

The website of the Telegram messaging app is seen on a computer's screen in Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 13, 2018.

To enforce the ban, Roskomnadzor has blocked millions of IP addresses belonging to servers operated by Google and Amazon, the two USA -based tech giants.

This sudden elimination of IP addresses might have been from Telegram's decision to move their services over to Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud servers. Roskomnadzor threatened with the trial if Telegram would not pass the encryption keys to the FSB. Telegram refused to comply and did not hand over the keys of 200,000,000 users that use the platform.


"Roskomnadzor has received the ruling by the Tagansky District Court on restricting access in Russian Federation to the web resources of the online information dissemination organizer, Telegram Messenger Limited Liability Partnership". To verify it and keep false information at bay, Roskomnadzor created a special hot line.

As for the ban on Telegram, many users were able to evade it by switching to virtual private networks (VPNs), which, so far at least, seem immune to Roskomnadzor's actions. Telegram is a big competitor to WhatsApp in Russia and it is to be noted that the social networking sites and apps from the US could not overcome the Russian apps and sites inside Russia. If the original version provided at the end links to download messenger clients in case they are removed from AppStore and Google Play, now they are not there.

Tech Times contacted Telegram for a comment.

Reuters is reporting that the Interfax news agency reported earlier today that Russia's state telecommunications regulator (Rossvyaz) stated that it had sent requests to Google and Apple asking them to remove the Telegram messenger service app from their respective App stores.


As the judge noted, the court's decision is subject to immediate implementation.

On April 16, Roskomnadzor started blocking Telegram.

Telegram, developed by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov, argues that Russia's FSB intelligence is violating consumer rights, while the superior authorities say the application has been used by the extremists.

It has been called the "app of choice for many Isis, pro-Isis and other jihadi and terrorist elements" by Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which tracks terrorists' online communications, due to the strong level of encryption it deploys.


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