Lock Telegram in Russia, Roskomnadzor threatened, the actor is responsible

Yesterday, the head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov published an open letter, which was addressed to Pavel Durov, the administration and the users of Telegram messenger.

The letter stated that the owner of the Telegram must act within current legislation and promptly to provide company data to the Russian authorities for entry into the register of organisers of dissemination of information. Alexander Zharov added that running out of time, noting that otherwise, Telegram in Russia will be blocked.

Pavel Durov said Zharov on his page in social network «Vkontakte», calling the threat of Roskomnadzor paradoxical, adding that the blocking of the messenger «looks like a sabotage state interests».

«It is ironic that on the agenda in Russia, no lock controlled USA Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger, but is being actively discussed, the lock is neutral with respect to Russia Telegram. As soon as a Telegram is blocked, the correspondence of Russian officials, their friends and relatives, and other sensitive data via WhatsApp/Viber will be performed, controlled by America cloud Apple iCloud/Google Drive. What’s the point from the point of view of national security of Russia? Looks like a sabotage state interests».

He also denied allegations that the Telegram is characterized by a neutral attitude towards terrorism: «This position is far from reality: only the beginning of this month Telegram was blocked more than 5 thousand public channels and groups associated with the advocacy of terrorism».


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