Russia’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media drew up an order demanding data that the Federal Security Service of Russia (the FSB) needs. The equipment for collecting data is to be installed by VK, Yandex, Mail.ru, and Telegram. The document was published on the ministry’s website.
The FSB demands access to such data: username, ID-card information, list of relatives, social circle, messages, audio and video recordings of conversations, sent files, and location of the individual.
In 2016, Russian security services tried to gain access to the information of WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and Skype.