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Russian Court Blocks Telegram Messaging App

Telegram was invented by the Russian internet entrepreneur Pavel Durov, who frequently clashed with the security services over his social network VKontakte and left Russia in 2014.

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Updated:April 16, 2018, 8:24 AM IST
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Russian Court Blocks Telegram Messaging App
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A Russian court has banned the popular Telegram messaging app after it refused to give the Federal Security Service (FSB) encryption keys that would grant access to user messaging data, the media reported on Saturday. Telegram, which has more than 200 million users worldwide, is especially popular with Russia's elite. Both opposition politicians and Kremlin officials use it to stay in touch, and self-described insiders publish anonymous leaks of varying reliability from inside the halls of power, the Guardian reported.

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Influential users include Margarita Simonyan, the head of the state-funded TV station Russia Today, and Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin's press secretary, who schedules briefings using the service. "There are a lot of messaging services, Telegram is a very convenient one, we have been using it to communicate with journalists," Peskov said last week.

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"But a law is a law, and if it is violated and no measures are taken, we will search for an alternative." Telegram was invented by the Russian internet entrepreneur Pavel Durov, who frequently clashed with the security services over his social network VKontakte and left Russia in 2014. Durov has said publicly he will not give the FSB access to user data. He taunted the security agency last week by posting a photograph of two metal keys, following demands that Telegram provide encryption keys to the government.

Other encrypted messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Signal, remain legal in Russia. Amnesty International on Thursday criticised the government's case against Telegram as an attack on freedom of expression, reports the Guardian. "By attempting to block the Telegram messaging app, the Russian authorities are launching the latest in a series of attacks on online freedom of expression in the country," said Denis Krivosheev, the human rights group's deputy director for eastern Europe and central Asia.

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