But after Telegram migrated its systems to Google and Amazon cloud servers, Roskomnadzor only extended the IP ban to include millions of legitimate IPs, causing connectivity chaos in the country. Telegram didn't comply because Telegram conversations are end-to-end encrypted; meaning there is no encryption key to hand over.
Ultimately, no matter what the Russian government does it will not be too complicated for Russian citizens to download and use Telegram. Today, Russia has reportedly blocked 2 million IPs in Amazon's cloud and another million over Google's way.
After the popular messaging service refused to hand over encryption keys which could allow users to be spied on, a Russian court ordered the messaging service to be blocked. The Russian government insists it needs them to pre-empt extremist attacks but Telegram dismissed the request as a breach of privacy.
Roskomnadzor began implementing the court decision on April 16 by notifying Internet providers that they must "restrict access" to Telegram.
This era we find ourselves in, where app developers and third-parties need to fear worldwide government retaliation, absolutely can not continue. "Since the day we launched in August 2013 we haven't disclosed a single byte of our users' private data to third parties".
"Above all, we at Telegram believe in people".
Russian Federation admits to blocking millions of IP addresses
Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, claims the app can be used by terrorists.
Telegram was founded in Russian Federation in 2013, but is now based in the UK.
Russian Federation a year ago also passed legislation forcing VPNs to block sites blocked by the government. 1,048,574 IP addresses belonging to Google and 655,352 Amazon IP addresses were blocked by Monday.
According to local news outlets TJournal and Mediazona, the users reported crashes of various services such as Microsoft and Windows updates; gaming networks like Playstation Network, Battle.net, and Xbox Live; online games by publisher Wargaming, Android apps client APK Mirror; video streaming services Netflix and Twitch.tv; online retailers, and many others.
The text of a private appeal letter submitted on behalf of lawyer Ramil Akhmetgaliyev, says the decision to immediately block the messenger was taken contrary to legal procedures and contained no evidence that a delayed enforcement can lead to substantial violations of the rights of the owners of personal data.More news: Everything to know about the upcoming National School Walkout
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