Roskomnadzor will unblock Telegram

Roskomnadzor decided to remove restrictions on access to the Telegram messenger. This was reported on the website of the department.

“In agreement with the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, Roskomnadzor removes the requirement to restrict access to the Telegram messenger,” the message says.

The department “positively assesses the readiness expressed by the founder of Telegram to counter terrorism and extremism.”

On June 4, the founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, stated in his Telegram channel that since the blocking of the messenger in Russia, the service has improved methods for detecting and removing extremist propaganda. At the same time, Durov pointed to Telegram’s privacy policy and said that the privacy of messages is preserved.

Access to Telegram in Russia was blocked in April 2018, the reason was the refusal of the founder of Telegram to transfer the encryption keys of users’ correspondence to the FSB. At the same time, the application was available in the App Store and Google Play stores.

The head of “Agora” Pavel Chikov (the organization defended the interests of Telegram in Russian courts) believes that “almost nothing is clear about unblocking the messenger.”

He cites as an example three decisions of the courts on the recognition of legal requirements of the authorities for blocking:

– the fine of the magistrate for failure to provide encryption keys;

– the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the legality of the order of the FSB;

– a court decision on the legality of blocking.

Chikov also drew attention to the issue of the presence of Telegram in the Register of organizers of information dissemination on the Internet.

“The decision to unblock Telegram, in our understanding, should not lead to the loss of victim status in the ECHR and the removal of the case from consideration. Refusal to block a popular Internet service is a good step, and testifies to the sanity of the authorities. However, the form in which it was made – the lack of recognition of violations, refusal to pay compensation and failure to eliminate systemic problems of legislation and the practice of its application – reduces its value and in itself does not indicate a turn of Internet regulation in Russia towards the protection of privacy ”, – Chikov considers.