Former press secretary of Roskomnadzor uses Telegram being under house arrest
The ex-official, accused of fraud, was active in a messenger blocked in Russia.
Vadim Ampelonsky, former press secretary of Roskomnadzor who is now under house arrest, violates several bans at once. He ignores the prohibition to use communication means, as well as the Roskomnadzor decision to ban the Telegram messenger. Anonymous channel IT criminal cases SORM Rossiyushka published a screenshot of the user's contact "Vadim Ampelonsky", which was used by the ex-official.
The screenshot shows that the last activity of the user was spotted at 7:59pm, but the date of the snapshot remains unknown.
Recall Ampelonsky is suspected of 20 million rubles ($321.300) fraud. He and another three Roskomnadzor officials are accused of hiring ghost employees in General Radio Frequency Centre. According to the investigation, since 2012, the staff of the department received wages for non-existent employees.
In October 2017, the court placed Ampelonsky under house arrest and prohibited to leave his apartment in the Moscow region without a permission of the investigator, as well as to send and receive any postal and telegraphic messages and make phone calls.
Since April 16, 2018 Roskomnadzor began to block Telegram messenger in Russia. Warnings were also sent to the owners of proxy servers, which provide services to bypass the blocking.
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