Russian court rules to block Telegram messenger

Russian court rules to block Telegram messenger

The court tasked Russian media watchdog with "putting a stop to sending and receiving messages" in Telegram until the messenger fulfills its obligations by providing deciphering keys.

Russian authorities have demanded ISPs ban the crypto industry's go-to encrypted messenger service Telegram on Friday, April 13, just weeks after the project raised $1.7 bln in its ICO presale to support the development of its own Blockchain platform. The St Petersberg suicide bomber allegedly used the service to communicate with his accomplices. The messaging service has been facing trouble in Russian Federation over refusing to share its encryption keys with state authorities, even after losing multiple legal cases. Until Telegram hands over their keys to the FSB, the court has ordered that the ban remains in place.

"The procedure for restricting access to the Telegram messenger will be organized after Roskomnadzor receives the relevant decision of the Tagansky court". It will be hard for the government to hard press Telegram since the company has the "luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales", Durov said on his Telegram channel.

In December, Telegram Messenger LLP filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of Russian Federation seeking to cancel the Federal Security Service's (FSB) decree establishing the procedure for provision of information on decoding of user data.

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.




Last June, Telegram and Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor seemingly found a common ground created to see the former continue to offer its services unhindered. It recently celebrated 200 million users, and is presently raising billions in what is being called the biggest initial coin offering so far.

Russia's deputy communications minister, Alexei Volin, said VPNs and other ways of circumnavigating the ban meant Telegram users would not be greatly inconvenienced. Telegram's lawyer told the newspaper that the messaging service plans to do so. This is to happen with immediate effect.

The FSB demanded Telegram share its encryption keys past year.

A Russian native, Durov now is based in Dubai.

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