Telegram messenger app blocked in Russian Federation

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The ruling enforced July 2016 counterterrorism legislation, often referred to as the "Yarovaya law", which requires internet companies operating in Russian Federation to provide authorities with "information necessary for decoding" their users' messages. Durov has responded defiantly, saying Telegram will try to bypass the ban, though he couldn't guarantee users could keep accessing it without a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Russian Federation and Telegram have been going at it for the past couple of months, and now it's getting ugly.

Earlier the Supreme Court of Russian Federation 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. "They no longer even care about basic external appearances", he said on his Telegram channel.

Telegram is now in the middle of the world's biggest initial coin offering, referring to the private sale of tokens which be traded as a cryptocurrency. This was just after a few weeks when the project raised a whopping 1.7 billion dollars in its ICO presale in a bid to support the development of its own Blockchain platform.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Friday, organized using Telegram, that his office would soon move to another messaging service.

"Limiting access was not the goal in and of itself". Meeting this condition would have allowed for a consensus. He also said that Russian users will still receive notifications in order to update them on the situation. The ruling comes a week after state communications regulator Roskomnadzor filed a lawsuit aimed at limiting access to the app within the country.

Durov is himself Russian but has lived in exile since 2014 after claiming he'd been forced to hand control of his former social networking company, vk, to allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin - also as a result of refusing to hand user data to authorities. Judge Yulia Smolina specifically said that this must be done instantly by Telegram.

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