Russian Federation blocks Google services as Telegram row intensifies

24 April, 2018, 10:47 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban

A court in Moscow banned Telegram earlier this month after the company refused to provide encryption keys to the FSB, a Russian security agency.

"We know about reports that some users in Russia do not have access to some Google products; we understand these messages", Google Russia said on Twitter.

Russian Federation has began blocking some Google (GOOGL) providers, accusing the search firm of serving to Telegram bypass a ban on its encrypted messaging service.

Telegram has been banned in Russian Federation, and the country's telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor recently blocked Internet Protocol addresses belonging to Amazon and Google in an effort to enforce the ban.

Obviously Telegram, which prides itself in its end-to-end encryption refused to do so and so now, Russian Federation is blocking nearly 18 million IP addresses in order to eventually block the service, since Telegram has a technique of hopping to a new IP address when the current one is blocked.


Monday, Roskomnadzor said the IP addresses of Gmail, YouTube, Google Play and Google Drive were not entered in the register of blocked sites.

This is the latest development in Russia's war on Pavel Durov's encrypted Telegram messenger service, which Russian authorities had started blocking on 16 April after Durov failed to comply with legislation requiring the company to give the federal security services access to users' encrypted messages.

It said that other services were being caught by the block because Telegram had been seeking to keep running by regularly changing the net addresses it used.

On Sunday, the stakes were raised by Roskomnadzor by declaring it had included an unspecified variety of Google internet protocol address utilised by Telegram into this sign up of internet sites.

Some believe that one outcome could be the regulator playing out an elaborate game of chicken with Telegram and the rest of the internet companies that are in some way aiding and abetting it, spurred in part by Russia's larger profile and how such blocks would appear to global audiences.

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