Russian Federation to ban Telegram messenger over encryption dispute

Russian court orders ban of Telegram encrypted messaging service

A Russian district court has granted a request by the country's media authority, Roskomnxdzor, to start blocking Telegram, the messaging application, because of its refusal to hand over encryption keys. This is to happen with immediate effect.

FSB, which is the main security agency in Russia has said that Telegram is the messenger of choice for Russian-based global terrorist organizations.

The ban is the outcomes of a protracted row between Telegram and Russian officers who insist they need entry to encryption keys to analysis terror assaults.

According to a Reuters report, the decision came just a week after Roskomnadzor, Russia's communications and technology watchdog, filed a lawsuit to restrict access to the app.

According to FSB, the suicide bomber and plotter of the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg metro in April 2017 used Telegram Messenger with highly encrypted information.

One of the fastest growing social networks and messaging apps in the world, Telegram, has been hit with a ban from Russian authorities. At Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales.

The company is registered in the Virgin Islands.

Telegram, which has more than 200 million users worldwide, is especially popular with Russia's elite.

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Telegram's lawyer, Pavel Chikov, has also described the move by the Russian authorities as "unconstitutional" - and claimed it "cannot be fulfilled technically and legally".

When we see Telegram banned in Russian Federation, a VPN will bypass that ban.

Telegram is especially popular among political activists of all stripes, and is also used by the Kremlin to communicate with journalists.

Telegram could avoid the ban if it eliminated its end-to-end encryption, but the company will not comply.

"The issue of resuming access to Telegram's information resources will be considered if Telegram provides to the FSB information needed for decrypting user messages", Roskomnadzor said.

In 2006, President Vladimir Putin signed several laws which were aimed to help in the fight against terrorism.

Russian Federation implemented strict anti-terrorism laws in 2016, which required messaging services to provide authorities with the ability to decrypt messages.

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