Russian Court Blocks Telegram Chat App

Court rules to block Telegram in Russia
Russia orders immediate block of Telegram messaging app
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15 April, 2018

The recent decision b the Tagansky District Court in Moscow meant that Roskomnadzor which is the internet monitoring organization in Russian Federation will now force ISPs to block the access of Telegram very soon.

In June 2017, Roskomnadzor requested Telegram management to comply with the Russian legislation or face blocking of the messenger.

"Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed", he said. The ruling follows months of battles between Telegram and Roskomnadzor, Russia's telecommunications watchdog. Well, it didn't take the court more than 18 minutes to grant the request even though lawyers to Telegram were not present at the hearing as a sign of protest, reports The New York Times. Russian security services had demanded Telegram provide them with access to users' encrypted messages; Telegram refused on the grounds of protecting user privacy.

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, later declaring his everyday conference telephone Telegram, 1st dropped to comment and subsequently said that the company should stick to the law. This was where the establishment of furnishing decryption keys took place.

Yesterday, the Tagansky Court of Moscow ordered to block the messenger on the suit by Roskomnadzor. Roskomnadzor said on its website it will start the procedure to block Telegram once it receives a written ruling from the court.

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"Unfortunately, they did not manage to reach such a consensus", he said.

The NYT said the ban will put the Kremlin in a slightly awkward position, because many inside the government, including those in President Vladimir Putin's press office, use Telegram. And that happened not long after Telegram lost an appeal in March after the country's Supreme Court ruled that it must continue providing user data to the country's security services, the FSB, so that it can prevent terrorist attacks. Telegram's lawyer told the newspaper that the messaging service plans to do so.

Unfortunately, access to VPN's is a bit trickier in Russian Federation than it is in other parts of the world, so some of those services may not be available.

Telegram doesn't require users to know each other's phone numbers to communicate, just a screen name.


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