Russia announced that the ban on access to instant messaging application Telegram has been lifted in recent years. The app was banned nearly two years ago on the grounds that information required to access users’ correspondence was not shared with the Russian Federal Security Service.
The Russian government lifted a two-year access ban on Telegram instant messaging, in a statement made today. In the information given by the Russian Federal Information Technologies and Mass Communication Supervision Agency (Roskomnadzor), it was reported that the ban was lifted as a result of the evaluations. Roskomnadzor in the message shared from the website; He said that such a decision was made as a result of the agreement between Russian prosecutors and Telegram founder Pavel Durov.
In the detailed part of the statement, while emphasizing that Pavel Durov is ready for cooperation against terrorism, the details of the partnership between Telegram and Russian officials were not shared with the public. The reason Russia took such an attitude was the terrorist attack in 2017. Russian officials and Telegram, who could not reach agreement after the attack, were at the starting point of the events that would end with the government’s ban on enforcement.
It has been banned for more than two years:
The official date that Russia banned Telegram is April 13, 2018, and the reason for the ban is known as Telegram’s refusal to share information necessary for users to access their correspondence with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). After the terrorist attack of the Saint Petersburg subway in 2017, the encryption key requested by Telegram to solve the talks between the two suspects under investigation seems to have brought along a two-year barrier.
After Telegram did not persistently accept the speeches in question, the case opened by the FSB officials to the Russian Supreme Court at the beginning of 2018 was also won. Telegram, initially fined, was later banned by the Russian courts.
It was also known by the authorities that there were some difficulties in the implementation of the ban recently. After the various techniques used to enable Russian users to continue to use the service, none of them was needed anymore with the new decision made today. Telegram, which was an extremely popular messaging application in Russia before and after the ban, continued to be preferred especially by Russian politicians. We will see the next fate of the application together.