Ministries and state-owned companies monitor Telegram channels
The ministries and state corporations take up the monitoring of the Telegram channels and began adding the most popular ones to the tracking lists.
Official confirmation of the monitoring of the Telegram messenger has been received from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the FSB, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Justice. At the same time, the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office maintains that Telegram is not specifically monitored, but they follow certain channels.
The Foreign Ministry noted that the agency monitors all "noteworthy reports" in both blogs and social networks.
Sberbank and VTB also confirmed that they are monitoring the messages that public channels post.
Press secretary of Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov noted that experts monitor Telegram for the President, deselecting any "husks".
At the same time, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, on the contrary, is not interested in Telegram. As his spokesman Natalia Timakova said, Medvedev does not monitor or read Telegram. Also Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin does not follow public channels of the messenger.
Vedomosti reported referring to its source in the Presidential Administration that no one is engaged in keeping up channels.
Meanwhile, the author of the most popular political channel Stalingulag, who asked not to disclose his identity, assures that he has no ties with the Kremlin. But among the authors of the Karauliny (Guard) there are incumbent officials, but none of them work at the Presidential Administration.
The position of Pavel Durov, the founder of the Telegram messenger, has remained unchanged: he does not intend to interfere with the work of anonymous channels.
According to the statistics of Medialogy, in August the most popular political Telegram channel on the territory of the Russian Federation was Stalingulag, which received over 156 thousand subscribers. The channel of blogger Ilya Varlamov came second, he has 63.5 thousand subscribers. Anonymous Telegram-channel Nezigar took the third place, having 50 thousand subscribers.