Russian Court Orders Telegram Messenger App Blocked

Court rules to block Telegram in Russia

The Telegram app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017.

The FSB asked Telegram to provide the encryption key for decoding messages but it refused, saying users' personal data is protected.

With over 9.5 million users in Russia, the block could potentially have a significant impact on the Russian crypto community - although a telecom-level block wouldn't necessarily mean that the messaging service will be unavailable to more technically-adept users.

Durov, who left Russian Federation in 2014 and is now based in Dubai, has long said that he will reject any attempt by the country security's services to gain backdoor access to the app. The company said that FSB doesn't have a ground to issue such an order, because it goes against the law demanding a court judgment for access to users messages. Earlier, the ultimatum put forward by Roskomnadzor to Telegram ended. Competitor Beeline said it would "act within the framework of the law". Pavel Chikov, a lawyer representing Telegram, described the decision as a warning to other tech companies.

Telegram's lawyer, Pavel Chikov, said the official attempt to stop the app being used in Russian Federation was "groundless".

"At Telegram, we don't care about revenue streams or even ads".

Telegram is now in the middle of the world's biggest initial coin offering, referring to the private sale of tokens which be traded as a cryptocurrency.

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The Telegram app is exceptionally popular in Russian Federation, used not only by everyday people but also government agencies.

It is expected that Telegram will move forward with the appeals process.

"Limiting access was not the goal in and of itself", he said. Meetings this condition would have allowed for a consensus.

"Telegram is very convenient, we really use it, including for communication with journalists, it will be very unfortunate if there is no consensus, as far as we understand, it has not yet been found".

Other global technology companies, such as Facebook (FB.O) and Alphabet Inc's Google GOOG.L, have also clashed recently with Russian regulators. At present, in the Roskomnadzor's registry, against the number and the date of the grounds for banning, it says "Access is not restricted". Many Russian authorities also use the service-one employee suggested to Reuters that they will circumvent the ban using VPN services.

A POPULAR Russian messaging app utilized by ISIS terrorists has been blocked by a Russian courtroom following requires by authorities to share its encryption information.

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