Google Swept up in # 039 & Russia;s and Telegram Conflict

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"Google hasn't complied with Roskomnadzor requests and, despite a court ruling, keeps allowing Telegram Messenger to use its IP addresses to operate in Russian Federation", the watchdog said on its official page on the VK.com social network.

Russia's communications regulator blocked some Alphabet Inc. internet addresses, blaming the US owner of Google for helping Pavel Durov's Telegram Messenger LLP service evade government blocking.

It comes after a court order issued a week ago that made Telegram illegal in Russia because the company refused to hand over decryption keys to Russian authorities.

Russian Federation started blocking Telegram on April 16 upon a court ruling over its failure to provide the Federal Security Service with the means to access the correspondence of terrorism suspects. We've been trying to contact Google all week about the Telegram blockade, and this is the first time that the company has both replied and acknowledged something related to it.

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As we described earlier this week, the reason so many IP addresses are getting blocked is because Telegram has been using a technique that allows it to "hop" to a new IP address when the one that it's using is blocked from getting accessed by RKN. Some turn to VPNs to access that content anyway, but it turns out that Telegram hasn't needed to rely on that workaround to get used.

Roskomnadzor met with the heads of Russia's largest internet service providers to discuss the further strategy for its fight against Telegram, Kommersant reported last week.

The agency explained: "Due to this, Roscomnadzor has included in the registry of banned information a number of IP addresses of Google, which are used by Telegram to carry out its activity in Russian Federation".

The regulator also blocked some addresses belonging to Google's parent company Alphabet Inc., saying it was helping Telegram evade the government sanctions, according to Bloomberg. Founder of the messenger Pavel Durov assures that Telegram will take all possible measures to bypass the blocking. The company is now investigating reports about Russian users encountering problems using features such as Gmail and Google's search engine, Silicon Republic writes.

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