Users of Telegram told about the risks of blocking of the messenger in Russia

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Users of Telegram addressed to the Creator of the messenger of Pavel Durov with a request to give the Russian authorities the information about the resource in order to avoid blocking. According to the source “Vedomosti”, the administrators know about the possible lockout and warned the authors of the Telegram channels

Administrators of the Russian Telegram channels and instant messenger users turned to the service Creator Pavel Durov with a request to prevent blocking of the program in Russia. About this “Vedomosti” with reference to the petition posted on change.org.

The authors of the petition indicate that at the beginning of may in Russia began blocking messengers, that is not granted to the Roskomnadzor information about themselves and their activities for inclusion in the register of organisers of dissemination of information. The document States that the refusal of sending the data to the office or absence of the response to the request of Roskomnadzor for inclusion in the registry with the beginning of the month was already blocked Zello, Line, Blackberry Mesenger, vChat, imo.im and WeChat.

In a document posted on change.org also, without references to sources indicate that the Telegram has received appropriate notification from Roskomnadzor with the requirement to disclose information about yourself to be included in the register of the organizers of disseminating information. “According to our data, Roskomnadzor still have not received command Telegram, no response. By law they have to make another request, and if the answer again is, the office block messenger,” reads the petition.

According to the source, “Vedomosti” familiar with multiple authors Telegram channels, the administrators of messenger, know about possible blocking previously warned the administrators of the channels. The source did not specify who it has in mind.

The authors of the petition also asked Pavel Durov does not deny Roskomnadzor to provide the data on the messaging app with the purpose of prevention of blocking in Russia. “We appeal to the command Telegram and personally to Mr. Durov to help us to use Telegram and develop its ecosystem in Russia. At the beginning of 2017, the year we, the active users of Telegram, it was about 6 million. We are now even more”, — the document says.

In early may, the Roscomnadzor made in the register of banned sites a few messengers and blocked their work in Russia due to the fact that they did not provide the Department information on their work. As the reasons for such sanctions, the Ministry said in V. 15.4 of the Federal law “On information, information technologies and protection of information” on which the “organizer of information dissemination on the Internet” is obliged to store all information on servers in Russia and cooperate with Russian authorities. Among those under lock appeared, including one of the largest messengers in the world — China WeChat. After the introduction of restrictions, the resource Manager passed to the Roskomnadzor necessary information, and the Agency has decided to unlock the app.

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