Earlier this year, a Russian court ordered the Telegram messaging app to be blocked in the country after it failed to hand over encryption keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB). Now, Roskomnadzor, the Russian media regulator that instigated the court case, has said it is still willing to consider lifting the ban on the app if it agrees to follow the court order.
Durov said that despite this new rule change, Russia still wouldn’t unblock Telegram because it is after access to all messages. Durov said:
Despite Roskomnadzor’s willingness to unblock Telegram, it seems the two entities will remain at an impasse unless the regulators restrict themselves to asking for only an IP address or telephone number, or arrange some other deal.
Since the ban in mid-April, Telegram has been piggybacking on proxy servers run by firms such as Google and Amazon in order to transmit data. In response, the Russian authorities have been blacklisting masses of IP address which has caused other services that rely on those IPs to be disrupted in the country.