Oleg Ivanov, Russian Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, stated that Telegram messenger will soon fail in its attempts to circumvent official blocking in Russia.
They have noted in the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation (Mincomsvyazi) that the state cannot afford to fail to implement its own decisions.
“I don’t think that Telegram will be able to remain operational for too long. The state cannot afford an option of not applying its own decisions,” – the official said.
Ivanov added that “Telegram is a cool service, and everything could be ok with it, should it comply with all the necessary security requirements”, while stating that he himself is not a Telegram user.
Last week, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications (Roscomnadzor) resumed its attempts to shut down Telegram in the country. The watchdog blocked several thousands of IP addresses allegedly used by Telegram to circumvent the official ban in Russia. The state agency also issued an official statement claiming that they had restored access to 2.7 million of previously banned IP addresses.
Last month, there were reports about Roscomnadzor’s plans to spend about $0.33 billion on the development of a specialized system designed to block Telegram in Russia. The head of the agency Alexander Zharov, had, nevertheless, denied these allegations.