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Roskomnadzor admitted blocking 65 thousand IP-addresses for the sake of blocking three IP-addresses Telegram

The Office openly told about this only three months after the ban of the messenger.

Roskomnadzor disclosed the details of the blocking of IP addresses of Telegram during the consideration of the case of an administrative action against the department. Employees of Roskomnadzor admitted blocking 65 thousand IP-addresses of the provider DigitalOcean on which there were three addresses of the messenger.  was informed about this in the human rights group “Agora”, representing the interests of the company Pavel Durov.

August 6 Tagansky District Court denied the owner of the company “Live Photography” in an administrative suit against Roskomnadzor. He demanded the recognition of the blockade to be illegal due to the fact that, together with the IP addresses of Telegram, access to the addresses of the hosting provider of his site was blocked.

From the case materials  it follows that Roskomnadzor found three IP addresses of the messenger on the DigitalOcean subnet. Proceeding from this, Roskomnadzor blocked all the addresses belonging to the provider – 65 536.

Screenshot of the administrative case with a list of blocked IP-addresses. Photo «Agora»
Screenshot of the administrative case with a list of blocked IP-addresses. Photo «Agora»
In the explanation of the case Roskomnadzor noted that he prevented “the creation of technical conditions for receiving and processing messages” in Telegram. This condition was prescribed in the Tagansky court’s decision to block the messenger, which was published in April 2018. “Thus, the arguments of the administrative plaintiff about the redundancy of the claim are not based on the rules of law,” the department added.

In the “Agora” they said that this decision is another example of the “absurdity of the law on locks”.

The Law on Locks, which does not oblige the authorities to take into account various interests and apply the least harmful means of blocking prohibited content, should not be applied. This is contrary to all international norms, this law should be abolished.

Damir Gainutdinov
legal analyst of “Agora”
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