A Russian court has ruled that the application of Telegram messages must be blocked in the country. The ruling follows months of battles between Telegram and Roskomnadzor, Russia's telecoms watchdog. The Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB) wants to access the data of Telegram users by exchanging encryption keys, but Telegram has refused to comply even after a court ruling.
The Russian news agency Tass informs that the courier service will be "immediately blocked" after the last court ruling, and that the ban will be in effect until Telegram provides the decryption keys to the FSB. However, it is not clear how immediate the ban will be. The Financial Times reports that the ban will likely take place once Telegram has appealed over the next month.
Russia implemented strict anti-terrorism laws in 2016, which required messaging services to provide authorities with the ability to decipher messages. Telegram has been challenging these laws. Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov has not yet made public comments on the ban, but the FT reports that he withdrew his lawyers from today's hearing after the court has appointed him 24 hours in advance without prior notice. .