Russia’s FSB Federal Security service said it needs access to user's messages to guard against terrorist attacks, reports Reuters.
“The court decided to meet the requirements of Roskomnadzor, impose restrictions on access to Telegram messenger and stop providing technical conditions for the exchange of messages,” TASS news agency quoted judge Yulia Smolina as saying.
Telegram founder and CEO, Pavel Durov, said it will try to circumvent the ban but could not guarantee 100% access without use of a VPN. The company's lawyer, Pavel Chikov, said, "They have demonstrated again and again that the court system is devoted to serving the interests of the authorities. They no longer even care about basic external appearances."
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