Russian Federation to ban instant messaging app, Telegram after highly successful ICO

Russia starts Telegram blocking process

Russia starts Telegram blocking process

Earlier, the ultimatum put forward by Roskomnadzor to Telegram ended.

A Moscow court has ordered that chat app Telegram, which has raised $1.7 billion in its pre-initial coin offering, be blocked by Russia's telecommunication companies.

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.

Roskomnadzor intends to take measures to lock tools to use is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Telegram messenger.

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One of the leading instant messaging service companies, Telegram, has been blocked from carrying out its operations in Russian Federation weeks after a highly successful initial coin offering (ICO) which raked in $1.7 billion. Telegram's top officials said that this requirement was impossible to meet technically and tried to challenge it in several court battles, but to no avail. In September, law enforcement authorities drew up administrative protocols against Telegram because of law violation, as Durov failed to reply for the request. Moscow's Tagansky District Court upheld the motion on April 13.

Telegram is used by more than 200m users across the world, and prides itself on its high level of security. The company filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against the fine, lawyer Damir Gainutdinov told RAPSI on March 22.

Telegram has also consistently argued that the FSB's requests for encryption keys is unconstitutional and can't be met from a technical perspective without diminishing security for all users. According to the amendments to the law in 2017 "On information, information technologies and information protection", action tools of the bypass, including VPN services, limited.

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