Russian Federation implements ban on Telegram

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Last week, Russia's communications watchdog ruled to block the Russian app Telegram after its creator, Pavel Durov, had refused to provide the authorities with encryption keys.

The watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said in a statement on its website that it had sent telecoms operators a notification about blocking access to Telegram inside Russian Federation. Roskomnadzor had prayed the court to block Telegram from operating in Russian Federation, and that the ban should be immediate.

A Russian court has levied an official ban against messaging app Telegram, just weeks after its initial coin offering (ICO) presale raised almost $2 billion in two private funding rounds.

The Russian government argues that it needs access to encrypted messages on Telegram to fight security threats like terrorism. The Financial Times reports that the ban will likely take place once Telegram has exhausted the appeals process over the next month.

Durov, however, warns that banning Telegram could actually compromise Russian state security and the security of 15 million Russian Telegram users. But Telegram said compliance would violate users' privacy.

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The post-mortem of the victim's father reveals that he has been severely tortured and died due to multiple internal injuries. Unconfirmed sources have alleged that the goons are videotaping the activities of the members of the family.

"The terrorist threat in Russian Federation will stay at the same level, because extremists will continue to use encrypted communication channels - in other messengers, or through a VPN", he said according to a report by Reuters.

Russian Federation isn't the only country banning the use of Telegram app, In China, the app has remained block since 2015 following a series of anti-government protest which was conducted using Telegram.

Telegram is widely used in countries across the former Soviet Union and Middle East.

Russia's communications watchdog said Monday it has begun enforcing a nationwide ban for the popular messaging app Telegram.

"We consider the decision to block the app to be unconstitutional and we will continue", he said in a statement posted on social media Monday. Even the President himself was fond of Telegram app but due to security concerns at the start of 2018, the French Security firm Thales blocked the use of Telegram or WhatsApp.

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