Russia to Ban Encrypted Messaging Service, Telegram

Russia to Ban Encrypted Messaging Service, Telegram

 Russia says it will ban popular encrypted and privacy-based message service, Telegram; a ban which Telegram responds with "нет!"

Russia says it will ban popular encrypted and privacy-based message service, Telegram; a ban which Telegram responds with "нет!"

Today, Moscow's Tegansky District Court has come to the decision that all Russian ISPs must ban Telegram, the popular encrypted messaging service. Roskomnadzor, or Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, and just as it sounds, this organization controls what can and cannot be accessed by Russian citizens over all forms of media in Russia. This may not come as a surprise to Telegram or its users as repeated requests to allow Russian authorities access to Telegram's user data have been met with repeated refusals by Telegram, dating back to 2017. Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) wanted Telegram's decryption keys, on the grounds of anti-terror protocol. Pavel Durov, Telegram's CEO, has refused to give in to the request as the entire ethos of Telegram is guaranteeing its users privacy and security, which of course does not fall in line with the KGB's 'Big Brother'-like control over its citizens. 

Despite the proposed 'ban', which Roskomnadzor's director, Aleksander Zharov, asserted would take effect in "...days, maybe hours, maybe minutes." Further explaining:

“Imagine, the fighting is going on, and you say: ”And when will you start the attack?” Well, in the near future, when I attack, I will not say.” 

Telegram's Durov had this unfettered response to the court's ruling: 

The power that local governments have over IT corporations is based on money. At any given moment, a government can crash their stocks by threatening to block revenue streams from its markets and thus force these companies to do strange things (remember how last year Apple moved iCloud servers to China).

At Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales. Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed.

Furthering his defiance of the ruling, Durov advised Russia's approximate 10 million registered Telegram users, not to reinstall or remove the Telegram app, for fear issues, and also encouraged them to quickly download any updates before the ban's implementation. To really drive home the point of view of Telegram and Durov's thoughts on Russia's decision, we'l leave you with this Instagram post from Durov himself: 

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