While Russia is facing disagreement over the legal status of Telegram and crypto, both continue operating in the country.
A major state authority in Russia has objected to the State Duma’s proposal to cancel the ban on Telegram’s encrypted messenger in the country.
Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, also known as MinComSvyaz, doesn’t support a recent initiative to lift the two-year-long Telegram ban, local news agency Interfax reports May 26.
Russia doesn’t need more services to spread information about COVID-19
On April 22, two deputies at the State Duma proposed a draft bill on terminating the ban of Telegram in Russia due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The proposal stipulates that Telegram has become an “official service” used by some state authorities for raising awareness about measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and spread crucial information about the coronavirus.
In response to the State Duma’s draft bill, the MinComSvyaz reportedly argued that Russia does not need any other information dissemination tools than established services like official websites.