Russian Prosecutor’s General Office did not authorize the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology (Roscomnadzor) to block millions of IP addresses in the course of the watchdog’s unsuccessful attempt to ban Telegram in Russia, as reported by “Vedomosti”.
The outlet quotes the institution’s objection to a claim filed by “Zhyvaya fotografiya” LLC, stating that Roscomnadzor was acting on its own initiative.
It is claimed in the document, that the only thing the Prosecutor’s General Office urged Roscomnadzor to do, was to restrict access to seven Telegram accounts and four web pages containing the instructions for circumventing the blockage.
The representative of “Zhivaya fotografiya” believes that by blocking numerous IP addresses Roscomnadzor had exceeded its powers.
It is also worth noting, that Telegram’s appeal against the Order issued by the Federal Security Service (FSB), which underlies Roscomnadzor’s claim for blocking the messenger, will be heard at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on August 9, 2018.