Experts are sure that this will not affect the blocking of the messenger in Russia.
According to the text of the statement signed by Durov, he asked to exclude the company from the register on December 19, 2018.Durov’s signature on the application for the liquidation of Telegram Messenger LLP
According to lawyers interviewed by RBC, the liquidation of a legal entity will not affect the blocking situation of the messenger in Russia. The founder of the company “Legal and financial creative solutions” Yuri Borisov noted that the blocking is not connected with the activities of a particular legal entity, but with the Telegram policy. In his opinion, the company does not intend to “radically change the approach to providing information about users to the authorities,” so you should not expect the lock to be canceled. He also suggested that the liquidation could be explained by the fact that in the spring the UK would leave the European Union.
Telegram X for iOS and the classic Telegram application for Windows Phone are currently registered on Telegram LLP. The publisher of the Telegram app for iOS is Telegram LLC, and for Android, Telegram FZ-LLC.
In addition, Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolay own the Telegram Group Inc. companies registered in the British Virgin Islands. and TON Issuer Inc. This was discussed in the documents that they filed as part of the ICO to launch the blockgram platform Telegram Open Network . The owners were able to attract $ 1.7 billion from unnamed investors.
In June 2017, Roskomnadzor included Telegram Messenger LLP in the register of information dissemination organizers (ARIs). The Office did this after a dispute with Durov and his indication that all the necessary data can be found in the public domain. According to Russian laws, ORI must provide Roskomnadzor with personal information for inclusion in a special register, and the FSB must provide the data necessary to decrypt user correspondence. In addition, the ORI should store data on user correspondence in Russia. For failure to perform these duties, service may be blocked in Russia.
In October 2017, the messenger was fined 800 thousand rubles for refusing to issue keys to decrypt user correspondence. In April 2018, Telegram began to block in Russia.