Russia to Ban Encrypted Messaging Service, Telegram
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:
Telegram's Durov had this unfettered response to the court's ruling:
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: