Kudrin: Telegram ban jeopardizes Russia’s transition to digital economy
Alexey Kudrin, the head of the Center for Strategic Research, said the ban on Telegram messenger jeopardizes the country’s transition to digital economy. The decision was ill-conceived, he said, and those who made it did not think it through.
The decision to block Telegram makes it harder to digitalize the Russian economy, said Alexey Kudrin, the former Finance Minister and the current head of the Center for Strategic Research in an interview with Interfax.
Kudrin further noted that Russia sees new opportunities in the growth of labor productivity, and digitalization could ensure its increase by almost three times in the coming years.
The decision to block the messenger was ill-conceived, according to Kudrin. "I think that the decision was implemented with insufficient preparation. They should have never created a situation that entailed such costs for users," Kudrin said. According to him, the implications turned out to be "extremely grave."
The CSR head believes that the messenger ban may not bring the results its initiators expected.
"The security issue does matter. But surely this should not have such implications for people. Obviously, the initiators had not realized how it would turn out. They should have thought it through and consider whether the measures would bring the result [they wanted]," Kudrin explained.
On April 13, Tagansky Court of Moscow made a decision to block Telegram on Roskomnadzor’s suit. The reason was the messenger's refusal to hand over its encryption keys to the FSB. The Telegram founder Pavel Durov said the demand was unconstitutional and technically unfeasible. On April 16, the first steps to ban the messenger were taken. The banning procedure hampered the work of a number of resources that had nothing to do with Telegram, including some of the IP addresses of Google and Amazon.