Russian Federation asks Google and Apple to remove Telegram from stores: Ifax


Russia has begun to block access to Telegram messenger yesterday (April 16) after the company refused to comply with an order to give Russian state security to access to its users' secret messages.

Media regulator Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov said on Tuesday that his agency informed Google and Amazon that it had blocked IP addresses on the companies' cloud services in an effort to implement the ban on Telegram.

The block may not immediately affect those tech savvy users, as Telegram plans to use methods to bypass the block. Worldwide, Telegram has about 200 million users. However, Roscomnadzor may initiate blocking of VPN services as well. Now, France also wants to develop a similar messaging app without any leak or spying risks.

Pussy Riot members were among those arrested, she said.

Security authorities say they have to screen potential fear based oppressors.

She said the protesters had flown paper planes - Telegram's logo - at the FSB building.

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Although the ban is likely about control of information first and foremost, it also appears to be benefitting services owned by, one of the companies under the control of Alisher Usmanov, an ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Telecommunications providers have been instructed to block Telegram in Russian Federation after a court last week sided with authorities who demanded that the app be kept of the country until it hands over the keys to its data encryption.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov said that the apps had been pulled by Apple due to inappropriate content.

"Now they are targeting one of the most popular messaging apps in Russian Federation simply for having the courage and integrity to respect the privacy of its users".

The ban followed a long-running battle between authorities and Telegram, which has a reputation for securely encrypted communications, as Moscow pushes to increase surveillance of internet activities.

An estimated 9.5 million of Telegram's 200 million global users live in Russian Federation. The social media app has become increasingly popular with the cryptocurrency community around the world as a means to share information and, in some cases, transact sales.