Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) is making lists of administrators of large social media communities in Telegram, Vkontakte, Viber, WhatsApp and other popular messengers, as reported by Vedomosti-Ural outlet.
The MIA has reportedly ordered its relevant units to build profiles on the owners of popular groups and channels in Telegram, Viber, WhatsApp and Vkontakte, as well as to compile their lists.
According to unconfirmed reports, the said lists are to be first compiled in the “sensitive” regions of Russia under special control, like Crimea, Tatarstan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia, Dagestan and Kemerovo region.
The reports further note that some regional bloggers and social media channel administrators have already been approached by the Russian law enforcers and threatened with possible “problems”.
Yesterday, Russian Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Oleg Ivanov stated that Telegram’s attempts to circumvent official blocking in Russia are doomed to fail in the near future.