There were 12 laureates for the SLC 2018 prize , but it was Pavel Durov’s nomination ” Internet project ” that stands out from all the others, since there was no such award in the SLC before.
For the principled position against censorship and state interference in the free correspondence of citizens on the Internet, the award in the category “Internet Project” was awarded to the founder of the social network “VKontakte” and the creator of the messenger Telegram Pavel Durov
Pavel Durov founded the largest and most popular social network “VKontakte” in 2006. Already in April 2014, he left the post of general director of the company and left Russia. The main reason is the refusal of Pavel Durov to share personal data of Vkontakte users with the FSB.
In 2013, Pavle Durov launched the “Telegram” messenger. Starting in April 2018, Roskomnadzor attempts to block Telegram in Russia due to Pavel Durov’s refusal to cooperate with the FSB and provide them with encryption keys from messenger users’ correspondence.