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Russia's Federal body Roskomnadzor bans Google IPs related to messenger app Telegram

24 April 2018

The disputes over the ban go back to a long-term battle between Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and Telegram.

"We are aware of reports that some users in Russian Federation are unable to access some Google products, and are investigating those reports", said a Google spokesperson in an emailed response.

The FSB's defense attorney argued that its position was constitutional because it demanded Telegram to provide encryption keys as opposed to correspondence.

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Google IP address ranges have been blacklisted by Russian authorities over the weekend as they attempt to close down all channels by which Russian citizens can download and use Telegram, the encrypted communications app.

Google's comments come on the heels of RKN itself also announcing today that it had expanded its IP blocks to Google's services.

We will remind, blocking of the messenger of Pavel Durov in Russia began on 16 April, when the representatives of Roskomnadzor began to send Russian service providers IP addresses for permanent blocking.

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Russian Federation blocked certain Google IP addresses in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk and other cities yesterday after they were added to Roskomnadozor's list of banned sites. Together with the Telegram servers, the departments listed about 18 million IP addresses of Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Digital Ocean (which the messenger used to bypass the blocking) to the forbidden sites registry. A number of other high-profile services have also been affected besides Google, from Slack and Nintendo to SoundCloud and Spotify.

Monday, Roskomnadzor said the IP addresses of Gmail, YouTube, Google Play and Google Drive were not entered in the register of blocked sites.

"Russia can't block all the things on the Internet".

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So far Telegram's cloud partners have held strong and have not taken the same route, although getting its own services blocked could see Google's resolve tested at a new level.

Russia's Federal body Roskomnadzor bans Google IPs related to messenger app Telegram