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The Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation did not support the idea of unblocking Telegram

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03.06.2020
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The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation refused to support the "Just Russia" oppositionists, who made a proposal to unblock the Telegram messenger at the time of the National Emergency and the state of heightened alertness.

The reaction of the ministry

"The amendment to Article 15.4 of Federal Law No. 149-FZ, which is proposed by the draft law, may lead to negative consequences. If it is approved, there is a high probability that the network will start abusing the right and begin spreading information about the activities of state authorities and local self-government in order to avoid prosecution, "the ministry said. Officials of the Ministry of Communications and Communications noted that from a legal point of view, the terms used in the project (service, official service) are not fully disclosed in the text and cannot be used. There are doubts about the wording "current situation", which has a rather ambiguous interpretation.

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At the end of April, representatives of the "Just Russia" faction asked for amendments. They intend to add a clause that states that telecommunications operators have no right to restrict access to Internet services through which government agencies distribute official information at the time of state of emergency or state of emergency. The Ministry of Communications and Communications noted that in accordance with the law "On ensuring access to the activities of state bodies and local self-government bodies", these bodies are developing official sources on the network. Yes, the posting of information is already regulated and does not require additional regulation in the federal law "On Information".

The comments also state that the draft law proposed by the deputies "carries a high level of discretion, caused by the lack of strict criteria for establishing those organizers of the dissemination of information on the network, in respect of which amendments can be made." It does not provide for an implementation mechanism that determines the subject , which has the right to make decisions on the termination of access restrictions, as well as the procedure for overcoming a court decision on blocking the information portal.

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Criticism of the new bill by the authorities did not stop its authors. They are sure that the law is capable of suspending the court's decision for a certain period, which will allow "special services and Telegram to return to the conversation about the transfer of encryption keys and other issues that have not yet been resolved."

Telegram channels dedicated to COVID-19

As you know, Telegram was blocked on the territory of the Russian Federation in April 2018. Today, Telegram channels are officially used by the operational headquarters of Moscow for the coronavirus situation and the Ministry of Communications and Communications for the return of its citizens from other countries. During the crisis caused by the global pandemic, the messenger began to cooperate with the authorities and actively posts news about COVID-19 from official sources in 17 countries, including the Russian Federation. Was the publication informative? Then share it on social networks. We remind you that you can buy a reliable VPS server and domain from the hosting company CityHost.


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