Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Telegram messenger app blocked in Russian Federation

Telegram messenger app blocked in Russian Federation

Though the Russian authorities have instructed all Internet Service Providers in Russia to comply with the court ruling, Telegram can still appeal the court's decision within a 30-day window.

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. 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.

The access to Telegram will be denied and there won't be technical conditions for sending messages, reported the Russian news agency TASS.

"How long may the blocking process take?" He also said that the agency would soon address the App Store and Google Play with official demands to make the downloading of Telegram's applications impossible in Russian Federation.

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A Russian court has ruled that messaging application Telegram must be blocked in the country.

Telegram was launched by two brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov back in 2013 and the team is now based in Dubai with an estimated 200 million monthly active users as of March 2018. Messenger's refusal to hand over its encryption keys to the FSB provoked the trial in the first place.

Roskomnadzor said in a statement on April 16 that it had notified Internet providers that they must "restrict access" to Telegram as a result of the April 13 ruling. 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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