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The court ruled to block Telegram. The meeting lasted only 18 minutes

Judge Tagansky District Court of Moscow Julia Smolina decided to block Telegram in Russia. Thus, she satisfied the claim of Roskomnadzor to the messenger. Live broadcasts were conducted by Mediason and RBC .

We understand that the information that is distributed through Telegram can violate the law, be used by terrorist and extremist organizations, pose a threat to Russia’s security, life and health of citizens, to the users of this network.

Maria Smelyanskaya
Roskomnadzor lawyer

According to the correspondent of RBC, the meeting was held in the “express mode” – in just 18 minutes. The judge made the final decision longer than the meeting lasted.

Attorneys at Telegram did not participate in the meeting, as Durov banned”legitimizing the frank farce with his presence.”

The court rejected the petition of the representatives of Telegram, who asked to postpone the meeting, since they did not have time to get acquainted with the documents. Roskomnadzor’s lawyers objected that “this person had enough time”.

At a meeting on April 13, Roskomnadzor asked the court to allow the “immediate” blockage of the messenger in case the claim is satisfied. According to the law, Telegram representatives can appeal against the decision, but whether it will be possible to do it is unknown. Nevertheless, the court’s decision does not mean an instantaneous blockade, since the document must still be transmitted to Roskomnadzor .

In June 2017, Roskomnadzor introduced Telegram to the register of organizers of information distributors, using data from open access. According to the law, companies are obliged to provide the authorities with information for decoding messages.

Later, the FSB required Telegram to provide the keys to decrypt the messages, which, according to the official version, are needed to access the defendants’ correspondence in the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. The company refused to do this. The court took the side of the special services and fined Telegram for 800 thousand rubles.

The authorities rejected the complaints of the lawyers of the messenger from the human rights group “Agora”. They demanded to recognize the order of the FSB as invalid, exceeding authority and violating the Constitution. The lawyers of Telegram have repeatedly explained that the messenger does not have the technical ability to fulfill the requirements of the special services.

The FSB assured that it operates under the law, since the use of decryption keys is illegal only if there is no court decision on it. Such decisions of the court are still unknown. The Office stated that all the latest terrorist attacks in Russia were coordinated through messengers. Telegram regularly reported on the removal of public channels related to terrorism.

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