Roskomnadzor will start to block the instruments of circumventing the prohibition Telegram

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Russian operators have been ordered to block access to the secure messaging app Telegram from today (16 April). The ban followed a long-running battle between authorities and Telegram, which has a reputation for securely encrypted communications, as Moscow pushes to increase surveillance of internet activities.

The access to Telegram will be denied and there won't be technical conditions for sending messages, reported the Russian news agency TASS.

Russia's communications watchdog has started to enforce a nationwide ban on popular messaging application Telegram.

Telegram representatives insist that handing over of the encryption keys is technically impossible. Durov said earlier last week the the latest version would have "built-in" features that would avoid the ban. At Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales. Other countries to have blocked the app or its services includes Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Bahrain.

Pavel Chikov, the lawyer who represented Telegram's interests during the court dispute with the authorities, wrote on Twitter on Monday morning that the website had become unavailable.

Though it blocked about 78 channels operated by the terrorist group, their privacy policies were not satisfactory for the global security community.

Russia's state telecommunications regulator said on Monday that it had begun blocking access to messenger service Telegram, implementing a decision by a Russian court from last week.

Russian Federation is preparing to block the Telegram app over its failure to help government authorities access encrypted messages. You should not treat any information on as a call to make any particular decision regarding cryptocurrency usage, legal matters, investments, taxes, cryptocurrency mining, exchange usage, wallet usage, initial coin offerings (ICO), etc.