Pavel Durov hints at possibility of Telegram cooperation with Russian special services
If the FSB had applied to Telegram for information about specific terrorist suspects, its demands would have been consistent with the Constitution, the messenger creator Pavel Durov said via his Telegram channel.
Whereas the current requirements to provide encryption keys are illegal, because they violate Art. 23 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, he wrote. Durov expressed the hope that the Russian authorities would abandon the “language of unrealistic ultimatums.”
“Some people say that Telegram was banned in Russia due to the law. On the contrary – Telegram was banned in Russia in violation of the country's main law, i.e. the Constitution. Decisions of courts and laws that are contrary to the Constitution are not valid. And this means that the blocking of Telegram itself is illegal,” Durov said.
If the FSB had confined itself to requesting information about specific terrorist suspects, its demands would have been consistent with the Constitution. However, we are talking about the transfer of universal encryption keys for subsequent uncontrolled access to the correspondence of an unlimited number of persons. And this is a direct violation of Art. 23 of the Constitution on the right of people to privacy of correspondence.
“For this reason, lawyers from Agora human rights group have appealed the decision of the Supreme Court of Russia on the legality of the FSB’s order. I hope that the Russian authorities will abandon the language of unrealistic ultimatums, using which a dialogue with technology companies is conducted today."
"Regardless of this, we will continue to fight for Telegram in Russia. The history of our ancestors teaches us to fight until the end. Happy Victory Day!” Durov concluded.