Roskomnadzor vs Telegram: peace or truce?

© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova in fotomonster Telegram on the phone screen. Archival photoRoskomnadzor vs Telegram: peace or truce?© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova the image Bank

The head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov and founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov finally «heard» each other: messenger entered in the register of the organizers of the dissemination of information after several days of public confrontation, which has become a cause for heated debate about possible blocking of service in Russia.

Last Friday, the head of Roskomnadzor called the team and personally Durov Telegram to fulfill the Russian legislation, giving the Department information for inclusion in the register of the organizers of disseminating information. Zharov pointed out that the time to fulfil the requirements of the Department remains a little, and in case of further ignoring the messenger will be blocked on the territory of the Russian Federation.

He later explained that the Agency requires the Telegram solely five identifiers for inclusion in the registry, and the question of open access to the correspondence users is not.

«Registration data about the company-publisher of the Telegram – not a secret and available to anyone in the public domain…. If that’s the desire of the regulator are really limited, I have no objection to the use of these data for the registration of Telegram Messenger LLP in the register of organizers of information distribution», — wrote Durov on Wednesday on his page in «Vkontakte».

Last Friday his appeal was published on the website of Roskomnadzor. Zharov explained that the convenience and popularity of the messenger in Russia led him to turn to Durova personally.

Durov said

The film followed the example of his opponent and spoke on the same day on his page in «Vkontakte». In his opinion, the lock is neutral to RF Telegram is not in the interests of the country, as other messengers like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger is controlled by the United States.

All correspondence of Russian officials and other sensitive data via WhatsApp/Viber will switch to the US-controlled cloud Apple iCloud and Google Drive, he wrote.

Thus blocking the mentioned services is not on the agenda in Russia, said Durov. According to the register of Roskomnadzor, the data of WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook Messenger, indeed, missing.

The head of Roskomnadzor, in turn, said in response that Facebook (which owns Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger), makes an independent decision regarding the execution of the Russian legislation and dialogue with the authorities of the Russian Federation. He accused the founder of the Telegram that he is «neutral with respect to terrorists and criminals who take advantage of his messenger, and totally ignores the safety of ordinary users Telegram».

Durov disagreed and cited statistics lock terrorists in a Telegram. So, only from the beginning of June a messenger was blocked more than five thousand public channels and groups associated with the advocacy of terrorism.

FSB-tossed wood into the fire

On the background of the dispute, the FSB reported that the terrorists in Russia to communicate with each other and with their Tutors from abroad most actively used as a time Telegram. Moreover, according to the service, this messenger has been used by a suicide bomber and his foreign curator at all stages of preparation of a terrorist act in the subway of St. Petersburg.

Durov said that all the messengers like Telegram or WhatsApp not able to be «unsafe» only to potential criminals — the encryption of these services either equally protects all users or all puts them at risk.

He mentioned the terrorist attacks in Paris, where their conduct was enough burner phones and regular sms messages without encrypting them.

Numerous experts interviewed by RIA Novosti, also felt that the Telegram lock in Russia will not prevent anonymous communication of terrorists on the Internet. In addition, messenger exist as other popular services and specific cryptomancer, they said.

Independent users of Telegram

A discussion of the possible blocking of the service in the country has become one of the most discussed topics in the media space – the popularity of the messenger as his other counterparts, has increased dramatically. People began to look for a replacement Telegram on the occasion of his ban to Russia. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, «the hero of the occasion» was in first place for downloading in the AppStore.

Currently, the Russian audience Telegram is 6.5-7 million users. For comparison, the Viber in Russia about 50 million users, WhatsApp is more than 30 million.

Moreover, among users of Telegram many civil servants, including high level. In particular, the messenger uses a press-service of the Kremlin. A source in one of the ministries told RIA Novosti that after a series of scandalous publications private email correspondence of Russian officials, carried out by hacker group «Anonymous international», also known as «Humpty Dumpty,» the Telegram went on literally all the members of the Russian government.

Roskomnadzor reported on Wednesday that the Agency is beginning to receive the false notification on the inclusion of the Telegram in the register of organisers of dissemination of information from a number of Twitter users and owners of the Telegram channels.

«Your noble impulses to register the messenger Telegram without the participation of the owners is nothing but a provision of knowingly false information to the Federal Executive authorities», — stated in the message Department.

Durov agreed

Later, Roskomnadzor still made a messenger in the registry after Durova’s statement that he agrees to this procedure, but using only public data, without any additional obligations.

Thus Durov said that the command Telegram is not going to comply with the requirements of the «law of Spring», calling it «technically impossible». The founder of Telegram said that can promise cooperation with the Russian regulator only to work together to remove publicity materials related to the promotion of terrorism, drugs, appeals to violence and child pornography, and to prevent spam.

The point is not set

According to experts, Telegram will eventually have to cooperate with government agencies and dialogue between Roskomnadzor and the messenger will continue.

«The struggle between anonymity and privacy will not go away. My job Advisor has begun, in my opinion, with a scandal, when someone asked me how I see the future of the Telegram, I said that sooner or later the actor will cooperate with the States, as a resource it will die because it is inevitable, if not now, then, but no country in the world eventually will not tolerate on its territory, anonymous — anonymous, not private sources. It is inevitable, so it’s not going anywhere», — told RIA Novosti adviser of RF President on development of Internet Herman Klimenko.

Roskomnadzor vs Telegram: peace or truce?© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova in fotobounce told what will lock Telegram»I would not hurry to put an end to this ongoing dialogue, as the Russian authorities are doing everything possible to gain control over user interaction in instant messenger. Now the state Duma is the draft law on authorization of users of instant messengers for mobile phone number and this is one step to control. So I think that Roscomnadzor and messengers will continue to repeatedly communicate on this issue», — said General Director of information-analytical Agency TelecomDaily Denis Kuskov.

Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev, in turn, believes that the inclusion of a Telegram in the register will not change anything – the messenger is not going to comply with the requirements of Russian laws, as stated by its founder Pavel Durov.

«Well, registered in the registry Telegram, and what was the result? This will help in the fight against terrorism? If Telegram is entered in the registry, it accordingly must comply with the laws of the Russian Federation. Durov they refused to carry out in his own post, so it should be blocked in this case,» said Marinichev RIA Novosti.

In his opinion, the situation with the Telegram showed that civil society and users of Runet «is able to manifest its position and to avoid the possibility to block the popular, user-friendly resource.»

«Public opinion too reacted negatively to the possible blocking of Telegram, and now it’s (making messenger to the registry – ed.) allows a normal person to go all out, but nothing happened,» said Marinichev.

Roskomnadzor vs Telegram: peace or truce?© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova in fotobanka limitations in messengers invalid, experts said EDRiПри he believes that it is necessary to raise the question of the impracticability of laws in the field of Internet. «The issue of implementation of the legislation, about which we say that it is unreasonable and not very sensible, remains open. You need to understand that the laws that have been taken recently, unnatural for the development of new high-tech services on the territory of the Russian Federation», — said the Internet Ombudsman.