Roskomnadzor or Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media of Russia will file a lawsuit with a demand to block Telegram Messenger Limited if the service does not pass the FSB the cipher keys of the correspondence of the users. TASS reported this citing the press service of the Roskomnadzor.
'In the case of the non-fulfillment in time of the commitments provided by the Russian law (commitments of the organizer of the spread of the information in the internet), Roskomnadzor will file the lawsuit to the court with a demand to limit the access to the internet recourses of Telegram Messenger Limited at the territory of Russia. The decision on the limiting of the access will be made by the court', the press service reported.
Earlier the Supreme Court of Russia 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. Roskomnadzor informed the messenger on the necessity to fulfill the demands of the Russian legislation in 15 days.
Later Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram messenger responded to the ultimatum of Roskomnadzor to provide the keys within 15 days. He claimed on Twitter that the threats to block Telegram will not bear a fruit.
'Threats to block Telegram unless it gives up private data of its users won't bear fruit. Telegram will stand for freedom and privacy', he wrote.
The law 'On personal data' came into force in Russia on September 1, 2015. it obliges Russian and foreign companies to provide the storage of the personal data of the Russians at the territory of Russia.
In the mid of November 2016, the LinkedIn network was put in the register of the law-breakers. In spring 2017, BlackBerry Messenger, Imo, Lime and Vchat were blocked.