The Russian authorities achieved a judicial decision to block Telegram, a popular messenger in the cryptocurrency world. Despite the ban, the Russian-language crypto channels in Telegram continue to work, using VPN-services and special proxy settings.

On 13 April, the Tagansky Court of Moscow satisfied the lawsuit of Roskomnadzor, Russian data protection watchdog, to block Telegram for the fact that the messenger did not agree to provide the Federal security service (FSB) with encryption keys that allow to decrypt users' correspondence.

The court hearing took about 18 minutes. Judge Yulia Smolina heard speeches of the representatives of Roskomnadzor and the FSB. They said that Telegram violated the Russian federal law on information, that obliges organizers of information messengers to cooperate with special services.

"The information that is distributed in Telegram can contain elements of extremism, terrorism, and they pose a threat to Russia and all citizens, including users of the messenger," the representative of Roskomnadzor explained.

The lawyers of Pavel Durov, creator of Telegram, were not presented in court. Durov forbade them to participate in the hearing in order not to "legitimize this frank farce by their presence."

The decision of the Moscow court must be executed immediately. By the evening of 13 April, Telegram appeared on the list of banned web services of Roskomnadzor.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov said that the requirements of the FSB can not be fulfilled, since the messenger uses the type of encryption, when the encryption keys are stored on users' devices.

After the court's decision was announced, Durov made a statement, asking users not to delete the application and promising that the messenger will develop means to bypass the blockage without using third-party services.

"Telegram will use the built-in blocking methods that do not require actions from users, however we do not guarantee 100% service availability without VPN."

In his telegram channel Durov said that the messenger is not going to sell the privacy of users. He assured that governments of different countries do not have an opportunity to press on the company, since Telegram do not care about revenue or sales of advertising.

"The power that local governments have over IT corporations is based on money. At any given moment, a government can crash their stocks by threatening to block revenue streams from its markets and thus force these companies to do strange things (remember how last year Apple moved iCloud servers to China).

At Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales. Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed."