Messaging App 'Telegram' Has Been Banned In Russia

Alexander Scherbak  TASS

The Roskomnadzor communications watchdog on Monday ordered internet and mobile phone operators to block access to Telegram within 24 hours.

Tagansky court judge Yuliva Smolina granted a request by Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor to restrict user access with immediate effect. "Russian authorities have begun blocking Telegram". The app, just like other messaging apps like WhatsApp, is known for its security with its encrypted messages that prevents messages from being read even if they are intercepted.

Telegram's founder and CEO, Pavel Durov, was a pioneer of social media in Russian Federation but left the country in 2014.

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Telegram, a free application that lets people exchange messages, stickers, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000 people, has attracted more than 200 million users since its launch by Durov and his brother Nikolai in 2013. "We believe the ban is anti-constitutional and will continue to defend the right of Russians to private messaging", Durov, who left Russia in 2014 and is now based in Dubai, said.

The Russian telecommunications watchdog has issued an order to internet providers restricting access to web resources used by Telegram messenger, which lost a court battle with the authorities over encryption. He has since been a vocal critic of the Kremlin's policies on Internet freedom.

As well as being popular with journalists and members of Russia's political opposition, Telegram is also used by the Kremlin to communicate with reporters and arrange regular conference calls with President Vladimir Putin's spokesman.

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