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Russia: Roskomnadzor removes requirements to restrict access to Telegram

The Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications ('Roskomnadzor') announced, on 18 June 2020, that it had removed the requirements to restrict access to the Telegram Messenger Limited Liability Partnership ('Telegram'), by agreement of the Office of the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation. In particular, Roskomnadzor noted that it was ready to cooperate with all internet companies operating in Russia to quickly supress the spread of terrorist and extremist information, child pornography, and the promotion of suicide and drugs. In addition, Roskomnadzor noted that, through joint efforts with leading Russian and foreign companies, it had removed, on average and weekly, 2,500 materials relating to suicidal behaviours, 1,300 materials containing extremist and terrorist nature, 800 materials propagandising drug use, and 300 materials containing pornographic imaged of minors.

You can read the press release, only available in Russian, here.