Peskov and Dvorkovich on still-alive-albeit-with-interruptions Telegram
Officials in the Kremlin and government told that Telegram messenger remains available to them despite the blocking. Nonetheless, the President's Press Secretary assured journalists that Roskomnadzor "is working".
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov informed that despite the blocking of Telegram by Roskomnadzor, the messenger is still available to him, albeit with interruptions, a correspondent of RBC reports.
"It works for me, and that is not a big deal," Peskov replied to the question about the blocking of the messenger. That said, he noted that access to Telegram is possible with interruptions. "One day they happen more often, another day – less often, but it is obvious that Roskomnadzor complies with the requirements of the law, and is executing the court decision. Evidently, it is not easy to implement the decision of the court technology-wise, still the department works systematically, if there is a delay due to technological reasons - it is not worth taking the trouble to dramatize it, to be ironic about this. The agency is working, a large number of specialists are working," he added.
Concerning the issue of possible losses of companies due to the federal censor’s blocking actions, which led to faults in the operation of a number of Internet services, Peskov remarked that he does not understand the methodology for estimating damage. "Of course, I would like to understand on the basis of what someone calculated some losses, what was the method of calculation," he said.
Vice-Premier Arkady Dvorkovich also admitted to journalists on Thursday that Telegram continues to work for him. "It is available for me," he answered the corresponding question, TASS reports.
Earlier, the Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), Igor Artemyev, stated he does not believe that it is possible to block Telegram in Russia. Despite this, he wished Roskomnadzor the best of luck.
Alexey Kudrin, former Head of the Ministry of Finance, Head of the Center for Strategic Research, also blasted the blocking of Telegram. In an interview with Interfax, he called the consequences of the blocking "really too harsh," and the decision to limit access to the messenger itself – half-baked. "It is immediately evident that the initiators of these steps did not realize all the consequences. They needed to analyze more seriously whether these measures would help achieve the goal," Kudrin clarified his position.
The decision to block Telegram on April 13 was taken by Tagansky court of Moscow. The reason for this was the denial of the messenger's leadership to hand over the encryption keys to the correspondence to the FSB in accordance with the Russian legislation. Founder of the messenger Pavel Durov said that the requirements of the special agency were contrary to the Constitution.
After on April 16 Roskomnadzor began blocking the service, interruptions started in the work of a number of Internet companies. In particular, the black lists included the IP addresses of Amazon and Google, which caused users to encounter problems with access to Gmail's mail and Google's search engine. The sites of a number of companies and institutions that used the cloud services of Amazon and Google were also temporarily unavailable.
According to the estimations of Flexbby software company, published by Kommersant on April 26, the damage from Telegram's blocking could amount to about $2 billion in the next few months. Of these, $1 billion account for losses of Russian companies affected by the block, Google and Amazon may not get the same amount. According to Flexbby, in total roughly 400 Russian organizations were affected by fan blockings.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.