Russian Federation to Block Telegram Over Encryption Battle

Russian Federation to Block Telegram Over Encryption Battle

Russian Federation to Block Telegram Over Encryption Battle

The legal action against Telegram was requested by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), which had previously asked Telegram CEO Pavel Durov to provide the agency with encryption keys in an effort to deter terror attacks in Russian Federation, since the messenger is believed to be widely used by terrorists. Telegram's litigation team has achieved its immediate goals set for them by Telegram's creator, Pavel Durov, related to the dispute with the FSB (Russia's Federal Security Service) and the Federal Service for Supervision of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications, said Telegram's lawyer Pavel Chikov on Monday, following the start of the messenger's blocking in Russia.

The blocking must be carried out within 24 hours.

The Russian courts have recently ordered that the Telegram be blocked in the country.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov has maintained that the service does not have access to the encryption tools.

In July 2017, the FSB demanded that Telegram provide the keys to decrypt user messages citing its own administrative order, which established the procedure for providing the encryption keys. He also said that the agency would soon address the App Store and Google Play with official demands to make the downloading of Telegram's applications impossible in Russian Federation.

Telegram has over 9.5 million users in Russian Federation, according to researcher Mediascope.

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The decision followed repeated refusal by the company to hand over encryption keys for its messages to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).

"Telegram is a national achievement that Russia should be proud of", Russian journalist Yevgeny Kiselyov wrote Monday in a blog for Echo Moskvy radio.

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