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Telegram chat app blocked in Russian Federation

14 April 2018
Telegram chat app blocked in Russian Federation

Earlier on Friday, Moscow's Tagansky District Court ruled to block access to Telegram in Russian Federation over its failure to provide decryption keys for messages to the Federal Security Service.

A Russian court has ordered a block on access to the Telegram messaging app - with the block coming into force immediately, according to the BBC.

The chief executive of the Telegram messenger service, Pavel Durov, said on Friday the application will use built-in systems to circumnavigate a ban in Russian Federation imposed by a court earlier on Friday.

Ultimately, Telegram agreed to register with the Russian government as an information distributor that officially operates within the country, but despite that, founder Durov has continuously refused to comply with any request that cam compromise user data. The ruling states that the ban will be in place until Telegram provides decryption keys to the FSB.

"The court made a decision to meet the requirements of Roskomnadzor, impose restrictions on access to Telegram messenger and stop providing technical conditions for the exchange of messages", the TASS news agency quoted judge Yulia Smolina as saying.

Lastly, he urged users not to remove or reinstall Telegram if they encounter connection issues but instead to install Telegram updates on the App Store or Play Store which should contain fixes if anything breaks. Telegram CEO was furious after the brief court session. It seems that officials working in the Kremlin in Moscow also use the messaging app, often to trade messages with journalists and set up conference calls with a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin.

Because of this, Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor requested the court to ban the app outright.

Over 200 million people around the world use Telegram, making it the ninth-most popular communications app.

"Telegram will use built-in methods to bypass the block, which do not require additional steps from users, but the company can not give 100% guarantee of service availability without VPN". He also said that Russian users will still receive notifications in order to update them on the situation.