Transparency International's site is down in Russia due to efforts to block Telegram
Transparency International surmises that the IP address of their site was included in the list of 14 million addresses blocked by Roskomnadzor in attempts to restrict access to Telegram messenger.
Transparency International organization, known for its anti-corruption projects, stated that its website - www.transparency.org - ceased to work in Russia without vpn and proxy. "Thus, Russia has become the only country in which our movement is present but an international website does not open," the statement on the organization's website reads.
Transparency International suspect that the IP address of their site was included in the list of 14 million addresses blocked by Roskomnadzor in attempts to restrict access to Telegram messenger.
The site of Transparency International Russia is still directly available to users from Russia.
The decision to block Telegram was taken by Tagansky District Court of Moscow on April 13, having satisfied the suit of Roskomnadzor. The agency requires the messenger to start executing the order of the FSB to provide the encryption keys to users’ correspondence. Representatives of Telegram stated that they would not execute this order for two reasons: firstly, it is technically impossible, because some of the keys are stored on users' devices, secondly, the order of the FSB violates the constitutional right of users to the privacy of correspondence. Interestingly, in an attempt to block Telegram, the federal censor blocked millions of IP-addresses, which significantly worsened the work of some services and sites, the messenger itself continues to work.
Business experts estimated the losses from attempts to block the messenger at about one million dollars.
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.