Russia’s watchdog agency Roskomnadzor may block access to the Telegram messenger in Russia “within days”, but not “tomorrow,” said the agency’s boss Alexander Zharov.
The Russian media have recently accused Telegram of helping terrorists plan their acts, taking advantage of the messenger’s topnotch cryptography.
Roskomnadzor has requested the owner of the popular messenger, Pavel Durov, who is believed to be operating his Berlin -based company out of Finland, to comply with Russian demands to provide the secret codes, that would enable the Federal Security Service (FSB) to monitor communications between suspected terrorists.
Durov refuses to do that. Earlier he said that similar requests were filed by the FBI, which he also rejected.