Telegram blocked in Russian Federation

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The ruling judge, Yulia Smolina of the Tagansky District Court in Moscow, said, "the court has ruled to refuse the request of the Telegram party and look into the case without participation of Telegram representatives".

Roskomnadzor announced earlier that it had filed a lawsuit demanding Telegram be blocked after it failed to provide encryption keys to security services before the deadline. Russia's FSB Federal Security service has argued it needs access to Telegram messages for safeguarding against acts of terrorism, among other things.

Earlier the Supreme Court of Russian Federation rejected the lawsuit of the leadership of Telegram with the demand to recognize the order of the FSB that establishes the procedure of the providing of the keys for the decoding of the electronic messages of the users to the department as void. Yet, the federal agency insisted on the immediate execution of the court decision about the blocking of Telegram.

In a statement, he said: "The FSB's requirements to provide access to private conversations of users are unconstitutional, baseless, which can not be fulfilled technically and legally".

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".

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The founder and CEO of Telegram, Pavel Durov, himself a Russian expat, promised to work hard to keep Telegram working in Russia without having to use a third-party VPN.

In fact, the text, voice and video chat app is so ubiquitous in Russian Federation that local government officials, agencies and even President Vladimir Putin's press office routinely use it for both formal and informal communications. Telegram is one of the popular apps in the world with over 200 million users in the world. This is the court satisfying the demand of telecommunications watchdog of Russian Federation. Telegram's lawyer told the newspaper that the messaging service plans to do so.

Telegram's Pavel Duriv had this to say.

As a result, the app was blocked for a few weeks by the Iranian government. "Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed". Many government officials also use the messaging platform to communicate with media.