The Russians will not be punished for blocking Telegram lawyer says

© Depositphotos / ulyana_andreevaЛоготип Telegram messengerThe Russians will not be punished for blocking Telegram lawyer says© Depositphotos / ulyana_andreeva

The Russians are not facing punishment for the use of the services, allowing to bypass the blockage of the messenger Telegram, told RIA Novosti lawyer, criminal lawyer Alexey Sinitsyn.

«For users responsible for the use of such services, networks, Russian legislation does not provide,» — said Sinitsyn.

However, such liability is provided for the organizers of the service of instant messaging (messenger) and hosting providers that host a website that allows you to bypass the lock, he explained. For the first legal entities may be charged a penalty of up to 1 million rubles, for the second — up to 500 thousand roubles or suspension of activities for up to 30 days.

«In addition, for a willful failure of a court decision entered into force, provides for criminal liability (punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term up to 2 years)», — concluded Sinitsyn.

Do you support the decision to block Telegram?

  • Yes, the security of the state above all else
  • No, it’s too hasty decision
  • I don’t care I don’t use it


  • 31.5%

    Yes, the security of the state above all else

  • 46.5%

    No, it’s too hasty decision

  • 22.0%

    I don’t care I don’t use it

All prosegregation court of Moscow on April 13 upheld the claim of Roskomnadzor about blocking Telegram messenger in Russia in connection with the failure to pass the FSB encryption keys. Messenger will be blocked in Russia, yet will not give the government the keys to decrypt user messages, the court decided.

Monday, April 16, Roskomnadzor sent to the operators information about restricting access to a Telegram in accordance with the decision of the court. In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, the lock must be completed within 24 hours. Also Roskomnadzor began legally significant correspondence with all the app stores about the removal of Telegram.

The founder of the messenger, Pavel Durov on Friday after the court announced its ruling on his page in social network «Vkontakte» wrote that Telegram will use built-in methods to bypass locks which don’t require action from users. He also noted that regardless of whether the lock Telegram will retain the ability to centrally send out notices to all Russian users, informing the development of the situation.

The press service of the President of the Russian Federation decided on the messenger, which will replace the Telegram to communicate with journalists solved in ICQ.

— Kremlin RIA Poole (@Kremlinpool_RIA) 16 APR 2018