Roskomnadzor announced the beginning of the blockade on April 16, and the court’s decision was announced on the 13th. In these two days in the search for Google there was a surge of interest in Telegram and VPN.
Telegram users began to prepare for blocking in advance. In the Russian-language channels, even on the day of the trial, interest in VPN and proxy grew. According to the calculations of the Telegram Analytics service , more than 8 thousand posts were written about the ways of bypassing the lock. By April 16, everyone who wanted was prepared at least for information.
April 16 there was a general boom of interest in the Telegram channels. The posts of the channels from the Telegram Analytics database collected 209 million views. On the day of the trial, the views were slightly larger.
Problems Telegram tried to take advantage of competitors. But from the top of mobile applications it could not be knocked out either in the App Store or on Google Play.
Messengers “TamTam” and ICQ still rose in the ranking. Popular in Russia Viber continues to lose WhatsApp and Telegram, in addition, too, suffering from mass blocking of IP-addresses.
The first day of the blockade was not brought down by Telegram. The next step after blocking IP can be to remove the application from the stores: thus, the brainchild of Pavel Durov artificially deprive the leading positions in the tops of applications.