"Life quality of 15 million Russians will get worse"- Pavel Durov on Telegram ban
On April 13, Tagansky Court of Moscow satisfied the suit of Russian media censor Roskomnadzor to ban Telegram.
Telegram founder Pavel Durov said the ban was anti-constitutional and vowed that he would continue to fight for the right to privacy of Russians. He made a post about this on VKontakte, the popular Russian social network.
He argues that blocking the messenger will not help reduce the terrorist threat in Russia. In fact, the national security is going to weaken, since "some of the personal data of Russian users will be moved from a neutral place to the US-controlled WhatsApp / Facebook," Durov said.
Life quality of 15 million Russians will get worse, as Telegram may become unavailable without a VPN from time to time.
On April 13, Tagansky Court of Moscow satisfied the suit of Russian media censor Roskomnadzor to ban Telegram. Messenger’s refusal to hand over its encryption keys to the FSB provoked the trial in the first place.
On April 16, Russian network providers began to block access to Telegram at the request of Roskomnadzor.
Pavel Durov vowed that the messenger would use in-app methods to bypass the ban, so that its users would not have to do anything extra to stay online.
Director general of software developer Flexbby (resident of Skolkovo) Andrey Prokofiev offered Internet-Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev to form an operational headquarters of representatives of government and business to solve the problems of companies affected by the blocking.
Rosfinmonitoring (Federal Financial Monitoring Service) analyzed the data of the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers and discovered thousands of offshore companies through which the Russians laundered billions of rubles. Materials on deputies and governors were handed over to law enforcers.