Russian Federation orders immediate block of Telegram messaging app

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

Russia's telecom and media watchdog, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, has received the ruling by Moscow's Tagansky District Court on restricting access to Telegram's products in Russian Federation. "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.

In a dispute over access to messages to fight terrorism, a Russian court order blocked the messaging app Telegram on Friday.

Because Telegram is recognized as an information provider in Russian Federation, the company is required to provide encryption keys allowing the security service to read the correspondence of suspected terrorists. That was when the web version of the messenger was added to the prohibited websites list. Head of Roskomnadzor Aleksandr Zharov said in comments to Interfax that he expected the block to be implemented within a few hours.


Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) wants to access user data from Telegram through the sharing of encryption keys, but Telegram has refused to comply even after a court ruling.

Telegram representatives insist that handing over of the encryption keys is technically impossible.

According to the New York Times, there was no immediate comment from the founder of Telegram Pavel Durov, who also came up with the Russian social network Vkontakte and had fled the country in 2014, after he lost control of Vkontakte.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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