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Russia’s media watchdog will consider the possibility of unblocking Telegram, if the cloud-based instant messaging service complies with the court’s ruling to provide the keys for decrypting users’ messages to the Federal Security Service (FSB), Vadim Subbotin, deputy head of the department, told TASS. “Our colleagues should apply to our appropriate authorities – the Federal Security Service – in order to interact with them, as required by Russian law, and to provide the data they are obliged to provide in Russia,” Subbotin said. “Unblocking is possible, if they execute a court decision,” he added. He recalled that according to the court’s decision Telegram fails to meet its obligation as an organizer of dissemination of information. “When they meet their obligations than we will be able to speak about implementation of the court’s decision and actually about ending the blocking process on the part of Roskomnadzor,” he added.
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