The messenger Telegram, which uses encryption of messages does not violate the Russian legislation. Thus, the Minister of communications and mass media of Russia Nikolai Nikiforov commented on the proposal to block the application in the country.
“Telegram today does not violate the legislation of the Russian Federation, as far as I know. If anyone knows the facts of violations, we need the authorities guide. Rhetoric about bans should not artificially be done”, he said the radio station RSN. The Minister added that with the Creator of the messenger of Pavel Durov “is in contact”.
11 January 2016, the adviser of the President of Russia on the Internet Herman Klimenko considers that Telegram will inevitably be closed in any country where the service does not comply with the requirement to disclose the user communications to the security services. He did not mention whether there is such a requirement in Russian law.
Earlier it was reported that the FSB “took note of” the appeal of the Deputy of the state Duma Alexander Ageev with the proposal to limit access of Russia to the Telegram and I do not exclude that member provided the information “will be required”.
“In the Federal security service of the Russian Federation, Your appeal regarding Telegram messenger reviewed. The information you provide is noted and, if necessary, will be used in activity of bodies of Federal security service”, – was stated in the letter of the FSB.
Ageyev said through Telegram, subject text, photo and video materials with extremist content. “We can assume that there occurs the process of recruitment of Russian citizens in the ranks of the IG. While technical services other online services and social networks such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, “Vkontakte” and “Classmates” are actively fighting the spread of extremist content, technical support messenger ignores the complaints of users about the content,” wrote the Deputy.
In this connection he asked the Director of the FSB “to fully verify this information and if necessary to consider the possibility of limiting the access of users who are on the territory of the Russian Federation, Telegram messenger”.