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Roskomnadzor put Telegram in banned websites list

Tagansky District Court of Moscow and Roskomnadzor made the decision to enlist the websites in the registry
18:32, 13 April 2018

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The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) entered web.telegram.org and t.me, used by Telegram messenger, in the list of prohibited websites, as Meduza reported.

The access to the websites is blocked at the moment (17:24 Moscow time).

Tagansky District Court of Moscow and Roskomnadzor made the decision to enlist the websites in the registry.

On April 6, Roskomnadzor filed the lawsuit on the blocking of Telegram in Russia. Earlier, the ultimatum put forward by Roskomnadzor to Telegram ended. Roskomnadzor threatened with the trial if Telegram would not pass the encryption keys to the FSB.

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.

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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.

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