Telegram blocking in Russia, despite the legal liquidation of the company

Telegram blocking in Russia, despite the legal liquidation of the company

Telegram blocking in Russia will continue

The fact of the liquidation of the company Telegram Messenger LLP by the creator of the application, Pavel Durov, can speak about its transformation, given the upcoming launch of a cryptoplatform. Experts believe that the closure of the enterprise is unlikely to somehow positively affect the blocking of the application in the Russian Federation.

Telegram blocking in Russia will continue

Back in December 2018, Durov sent a statement asking him to liquidate the company Telegram Messenger LLP, which is officially registered in the UK, as indicated by the local state register of legal entities. According to the documentation stored in the registry, the company was opened 5 years ago. It was founded by Dogged Labs Ltd (registered in the British Virgin Islands) and Telegraph Inc.  (open in Belize). In Russia, the messenger is considered a source of information dissemination, which is why Roskomnadzor has every reason to demand encryption keys from Telegram.

Experts are convinced that the reorganization of the business of the young genius was the reason for the liquidation of the legal entity. In addition to this company, there are two more companies owned by Durov - TON Issuer Inc. and Telegram Group Inc., which in 2018 were responsible for ICO TON - raising funds for the opening of a new cryptoplatform among large private investors.

Experts note that this suggests that Durov is seriously going to develop the TON platform, which will be released before 31 October 2019 - otherwise, according to the memorandum, more than 80 investors will receive their money back into the accounts, which is 850 million dollars officially shown by the SEC in 2018.

It is unlikely that the whole situation with the liquidation of one of the legal entities will somehow mitigate the confrontation between Telegram and Roskomnadzor. First, Pavel had to warn Roskomnadzor about changing the status of legal entity for 5 days.

Since summer 2017, the messenger has been on the list of information dissemination organizers, and since spring 2018, the application has been blocked, as Durov categorically refused to provide the FSB with the necessary data to decrypt user messages in the system. At the same time, Telegram continues to work for many residents of Russia, even without using any special services and VPN. Roskomnadzor throws all forces to increase efficiency of blocking. Indeed, since January 2019, the messenger began to malfunction, as Roskomnadzor increased the botnet farm and forced large Internet service providers to connect equipment that analyzes and blocks traffic specific to this messenger. Thus, the Russian regulator defines the IP addresses used by the application and is one step ahead of Durov, determining the addresses that the program wants to use when others are turned off. Roskomnadzor tried to use such a scheme before, but now the efficiency has really increased, and the users have become agitated.

To bypass the blocking and continue to use the application, you can use proxy servers that hide exactly which sites and programs you are currently using. You can use the usual socks-proxy, but they are quite easy to block.Another option is MTProxy, launched by Telegram - you can find the necessary settings on the Internet and save them for the future.