Russia will lift its ban on Telegram applications after two years of bans, Reuters reported. Roskomnadzor, the Russian Federation’s communications, information technology and mass media regulator, said it had expressed its “will” to help with counter-terrorism efforts.
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“Following an agreement with the Russian Attorney General’s Office, Roskomnadzor is abandoning its request to restrict access to Telegram,” the agency said in a statement. At the same time, the agency praised Telegram CEO Pavel Durov for his work in combating terrorism and extremism.
In a public statement issued on June 4, Durov said the company was blocking thousands of acts of incitement to violence and terror every month. Telegram has developed a system to protect against global terrorism while ensuring the privacy of users’ communications.
The legal status of cryptocurrencies in Russia has not yet been determined, but Bitcoin is gaining more and more attention in Russia. In April, traffic on Russia’s local cryptocurrency exchanges increased by more than 5%. Earlier, on May 13th Pavel Durov announced that Telegram had pushed for the official termination of its two-and-a-half-year blockchain project, TON, due to regulatory issues.
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