Following the refusal by Telegram to provide the keys to its encrypted message services, the Tangansky court in Moscow on Friday 13 of April moved to ban the messenger app from operating in Russian Federation. Following the unfavorable court ruling by a court in Russia which gave Roskomnadzor, the Russian communications and technology watchdog an express right to ban Telegram, telecom operators appear to have started implementing the order.
Interfax news agency quoted an official at the watchdog as saying it would take several hours to complete the operation to block access.
Smolina said that Telegram should be blocked immediately despite rules under which Russian court decisions normally come into effect after appeals are exhausted.
Telegram has repeatedly refused to comply with requests to give Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) access to its users' encrypted messages.
Some Russian internet providers began blocking Telegram on Monday afternoon.
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Russian Federation has acted to curb internet freedoms as social media have become the main way to organize demonstrations.
Russian Federation isn't the only country to take action against the messaging app. Iran is said to be considering a ban on Telegram, arguing that it is transitioning into "an economic platform" that could, by their estimation, damage the rial, Iran's national currency.
Durov added that the ban will only hurt the quality of life for 15 million Russian users, and not do anything to improve security.
Telegram is widely used in countries across the former Soviet Union and Middle East.
"It is telling that authoritarian governments (e.g., Russia) are trying to block Telegram over encryption, but are more relaxed when it comes to other encrypted messaging apps", Pavel Durov, the app's maverick creator - dubbed Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - wrote on Twitter.
President Vladimir Putin's press office reportedly uses the Telegram as well.