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Russian watchdog lifts blocking of Telegram messenger

Roskomnadzor lifts requirements by agreement with the Russian Office of General Prosecutor

MOSCOW, June 18. /TASS/. Blocking of the Telegram messenger will be lifted in the territory of Russia, the national telecom and mass media watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Thursday.

"We positively assess the readiness to counter terrorism and extremism stated by Telegram founder [Pavel Durov - TASS]. Roskomnadzor lifts requirements to limiting the access to the Telegram messenger by agreement with the Russian Office of General Prosecutor," the regulator said.

The authority expressed its readiness to interact with all the Internet companies working in Russia "for prompt prevention of dissemination of terrorist and extremist information, child pornography and propaganda of suicides and drugs."

The watchdog started blocking of Telegram in April 2018 by the decision taken by the Tagansky Court of Moscow because of the messenger’s refusal to transfer encryption codes to the Federal Security Service. The messenger was accessible by users all that time.