Deputy Communications Minister Alexei Volin said that the decision to block the Telegram messenger in Russia would not harm the users of the messenger.
Blocking Telegram will not damage the users, they will use other resources or bypass the lock.
In June 2017, when information appeared for the first time about the possible blockage of Telegram in Russia, Wolin refused to answer questions about the possible consequences of blocking the messenger and noted that his agency “does not guess at the coffee grounds”. Wolin added that “as Comrade Stalin said, we do not have irreplaceable ones.”
A month before, Wolin had called the decision to block Russian online services in Ukraine meaningless and discrediting the authorities. He added that the interlocks are effective “only when there is a broad public consensus on the blocked resource, both in relation to child pornography”, and also in the absence of “a mass desire to bypass them.”