Russian Federation has filed a lawsuit to block Telegram messaging app

Почему Англия до истерики боится российского расследования её обвинений

Почему Англия до истерики боится российского расследования её обвинений

Roskomnadzor said its lawsuit, which aims to "restrict access" to Telegram in Russian Federation, was connected to statements by the FSB that the app was not complying with its legal requirements as an "organiser of information distribution".

As part of a so-called anti-terrorist bill proposed in 2016, Russian agencies such as the Federal Security Service (FSB) would be allowed access to encrypted messaging services, letting them search through user data.

Telegram was ordered to hand over the encryption keys by Wednesday, but refused.

Roskomnadzor said Telegram had 15 days to comply with its demands. The deadline set by Roskomnadzor expired on Friday.

Telegram's self-exiled Russian founder Pavel Durov has long said he would reject any attempt by the country's security services to gain backdoor access.

But a lawyer representing Telegram said any ban would be unconstitutional and in any case impossible to enforce.

In early April, the Presidential Council for Human Rights called Roskomnadzor to refrain from blocking Telegram messenger in Russian Federation and asked FSB to find other ways of legal access to the messages of users endangering the national security. Telegram has been found guilty of failure to store and (or) furnish information on users and their messages to law enforcement agencies.

"But the state is engaged in blocking Telegram in our name.in what way is Telegram making life in Russian Federation any worse?" Telegram appealed the ruling in a superior court, but lost. The adviser added that he expected the majority of Telegram users to migrate to other messengers, and that those who remain would become a small and marginalized community.

Telegram is popular among political activists of all stripes, but has also been used by jihadists.

Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikoiforov has refused to comment on the dispute before the court verdict is announced.

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