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Russian Court Blocks Telegram Chat App

15 April, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
  • Russian Court Bans Telegram Pavel Durov Defiant

Moscow's Tagansky District Court's decision to block the Telegram messaging service in Russian Federation is a violation of rights and freedoms, Telegram's lawyer Dmitry Dinze told TASS.

As part of its services, Telegram allows its more than 200 million global users, including senior Russian government officials, to communicate via encrypted messages which can not be read by third parties. "Telegram will stand for freedom and privacy", Pavel Durov, founder of the messaging app said on his Twitter page. The St Petersberg suicide bomber allegedly used the service to communicate with his accomplices. But according to the company, the way its messaging service is designed means that it can't access customers' encryption keys.

A RUSSIAN COURT has ordered that access to Telegram is blocked in the country in a move that could cause widespread disruption to communications for millions of users. President Vladimir Putin's press office reportedly uses the Telegram as well.

"Since the day we launched in August 2013 we haven't disclosed a single byte of our users' private data to third parties", a Telegram blog post insisted. Telegram still has the opportunity to appeal the ban, but given the court's rejection of the company's last appeal, it may not make much of a difference.

Russian Court Bans Telegram Pavel Durov Defiant
Moscow court blocks access to Telegram in Russia

In a tweet responding to the news, founder Pavel Durov wrote: "Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed". However, Telegram has so far refrained from breaking its encryption for Russian Federation and has said that state security services will get access to user messages.

The ban will not be removed until Telegram hands over the decryption keys to the FSB, reported TASS, a Russian state-sponsored news agency.

After Friday's ruling, Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor, said he would not say the "exact time when the block on Telegram will begin", adding that it would be "soon". Telegram lawyers skipped the hearing in protest.

Similarly, despite the Ukrainian government blocking Durov's well-known social network VKontakte in May 2017, users continue to be able to use it via mobile app. The trial took place without Telegram's defense team.

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