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Pavel Durov's September 2017 post on Telegram explains why he can't visit Iran and Russia. Source Telegram

Pavel Durov's September 2017 post on Telegram explains why he can't visit Iran and Russia. Source Telegram

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 watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said on Monday it had begun blocking access to Telegram, implementing a decision by a Russian court.

Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov, who originally is Russian, says in a tweet private data will stay safe.

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"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". ICQ and TamTam have surged in popularity, and in fact Putin internet advisor Herman Klimenko was recommending that Telegram users switch to ICQ before the recent bans took effect.

The report names Telegram as a favourite both of the president and other elected representatives, with Aurore Bergé of the LERM group in parliament saying she checks the service "hundreds of times a day".

The court ruling headed by Yuliya Smolina heeded to the application of the Russian Communications regulator Roskomnadzor to deny users access to the Telegram app citing failure to comply with local legislation. But Roskomnadzor responded by banning more than 1.8 million IP addresses belonging to the tech giants yesterday.

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"Privacy is not for sale and human rights should not be compromised out of fear and greed", Durov wrote Friday on Telegram in response to the court's decision.

Speaking to Reuters recently, Telegram's lawyer said: "The FSB's argument that encryption keys can't be considered private information defended by the Constitution is cunning". President Emmanuel Macron famously used Telegram to organise his campaign for the 2017 presidential election previous year and has reportedly been using it ever since. APKMirror also received a request from Russian Federation to remove the Telegram app in Russian Federation.

In 2017, Telegram and Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor seemingly found a common ground created to see the former continue to offer its services unhindered. However, many are anxious that this is setting a strong precedent for the government to force out other end-to-end encrypted services.

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