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Katrina Barker
April 18, 2018

Roskomnadzor started implementing the court's decision on Monday by ordering internet service providers to block Telegram.

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media also known as Roskomnadzor, said in a statement on its website that it had sent teleco operators a notification about blocking access to Telegram inside Russian Federation.

The messenger service is listed No.9 among the world's most popular messaging apps with more than 100 million monthly users worldwide.

In a statement on Monday, Telegram founder Pavel Durov said the block was unconstitutional, as it infringed Russians' right to privacy of correspondence, and vowed to help users continue using the service.

The Telegram app allows users to communicate via encrypted messages that can not be read by others - including government authorities.

Because Telegram is recognized as an information provider in Russian Federation, the company is required to provide encryption keys allowing the security service to read the correspondence of suspected terrorists.

The Amazon IP bans failed to take Telegram offline, however, so millions of IP addresses belonging to Google we targeted.

"We always see an increase of users from the countries where freedom of speech is restricted or surveillance is increased", chief marketing officer Marty Kamden said.

"For the last 24 hours Telegram has been under a ban by internet providers in Russia", Durov wrote in an address on his Telegram channel.

The Russian government is flexing its muscles when it comes to the Telegram app.

One of the leading instant messaging service companies, Telegram, has been blocked from carrying out its operations in Russian Federation weeks after a highly successful initial coin offering (ICO) which raked in $1.7 billion. According to him, both companies were notified of the blocking of addresses due to Telegram.

The Telegram ban has reportedly had an impact on Russian government officials, among whom the service has been very popular. The Kremlin has used it for arranging conference calls with reporters. But on Monday, the Russian Federation spokesman's office said it will now start using a different app.

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