On April 16, Roskomnadzor (the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, the Russian federal executive body responsible for censorship in media and telecommunications) started its attempts to block Telegram within the country. Telegram is a highly secure, cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service. After technological diversions from the app’s creator, Pavel Durov, the service still remains available for use by everyone in Russia and most everywhere else.
The block has divided parts of the Russian state, with Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov admitting he is still using the app despite the attempts to ban it. “It works for me and there’s nothing to it,” Peskov was reported saying by The Moscow Times. According to other Russian media sources the country’s deputy prime minister is also still using Telegram.
The Roskomnadzor’s actions have blocked numerous other web services that have nothing to do with security and encryption, however.
Details may be found in an article by Matt Burgess in the Wired web site at: http://bit.ly/2IFLecJ.