The country's state communications regulator has said it has blocked 18 sub-networks and a "significant" number of IP addresses owned by Amazon and Google because they were being used by secure messaging app Telegram, which Russian Federation banned this week, reports CNBC.
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Roskomnadzor, the communications watchdog, blocked Telegram this week after its owner, Pavel Durov, refused to give Russia's security services access to users' messages.
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The regulator is also demanding that Apple's App Store and Google Play remove the Telegram app from their online stores in Russia, Zharov said.
Yesterday Russian authorities started blocking Telegram (popular encrypted messenger) and Amazon (and Google) server ip's country-wide.
Some users have circumvented the block by using virtual private networks, which make it seem as though they were accessing the internet from another country. The watchdog may consider blocking Facebook (fb) if a probe to be completed by the end of this year shows that it doesn't comply with Russian laws, he said, according to the newspaper. Amazon's European press office didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
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"If you have a government agency being so brutal attacking Telegram, taking down millions of IP addresses, after that you can do what you want", said Andrei Soldatov, one of the authors of "The Red Web", a history of the Russian internet.
Durov, a pioneer of social media in Russian Federation, left the country in 2014 and has become a vocal critic of the Kremlin's policies on internet freedom.
As well as being popular with journalists and members of Russia's political opposition, Telegram has also been used by the Kremlin to communicate with reporters and arrange regular conference calls with President Vladimir Putin's spokesman.
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