Sometimes it is said that Telegram was blocked in Russia, since “the law is the law”. However, Telegram is blocked in Russia in defiance of the country’s main law – the Constitution. Decisions of courts and laws that contradict the Constitution are not valid. And this means that the blocking of Telegram itself is illegal.
If the FSB had confined itself to requesting information about several terrorists, then its demand would fit in with the Constitution. However, we are talking about the transfer of universal encryption keys for the purpose of subsequent uncontrolled access to the correspondence of an unlimited number of persons. And this is a direct violation of Article 23 of the Constitution on the right of everyone to privacy of correspondence.
For this reason, lawyers from the “Agora” today appealed the decision of the Supreme Court of Russia on the legality of the order of the FSB. I hope that the Russian authorities will abandon the language of unrealistic ultimatums, at which a dialogue with technology companies is being conducted today.
Regardless of this, we will continue to fight for Telegram in Russia. The history of our ancestors teaches us to fight to the finish.
Happy Victory Day!