Telegram chat app blocked in Russia

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While Telegram seems to have agreed to comply with the part of the data law that required it to list its services in the regulator's register, it insisted that it would not share its confidential user data with local authorities. According to Russian news agency TASS, Reuters, The New York Times and others, a Russian court gave the state communications agency Roskomnadzor the immediate authority to ban Telegram on Friday.

While the court order is effective immediately, the head of Roskomnadzor, Alexander Zharov clarified that the messenger will be blocked after the necessary technical preparation is completed. Competitor Beeline said it would "act within the framework of the law".

Russian Federation has banned popular messaging app Telegram in the country due to the refusal of the firm's officials to hand over their encryption keys. The request to block the messaging app was granted on Friday by Tagansky court judge Yiliya Smolina.

Telegram is now in the middle of the world's biggest initial coin offering, referring to the private sale of tokens which be traded as a cryptocurrency. According to reports, Telegram has already raised $1.7 billion in sales for its controversial blockchain-powered network. Telegram is one of the popular apps in the world with over 200 million users in the world.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, whose workforce makes use of Telegram to rearrange briefings for reporters, said it is not the Kremlin's place to the touch upon courtroom rulings. Telegram plans to appeal the ruling. Meetings this condition would have allowed for a consensus.

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"Unfortunately, they did not manage to reach such a consensus", he said.

Durov himself left Russia in 2014 after selling the country's biggest social media network, VK, to a businessman close to the Kremlin after coming under pressure from Russian authorities.

In July, Durov received the FSB requests to provide information for decoding messages of six app users.

Durov in a social media post on Friday called on Telegram users in Russian Federation not to delete the app and keep downloading updates, promising that the latest version will have "built-in" features that will be able to circumvent the ban.