Some Google services are also now being blocked in Russian Federation

Data war: Russia's Federal body Roskomnadzor bans Google IPs related to messenger app Telegram

The agency explained: "Due to this, Roscomnadzor has included in the registry of banned information a number of IP addresses of Google, which are used by Telegram to carry out its activity in Russian Federation".

Monday early morning Roskomnadzor started blocking Telegram after a court decision came to do the same as messenger denied giving encryption keys which are must to decode data. The company is now investigating reports about Russian users encountering problems using features such as Gmail and Google's search engine, Silicon Republic writes. Roskomnadzor, Russia's communications regulator, claims that Telegram poses a threat to the country's national security.

"Due to this, Roskomnadzor has included in the registry of banned information a number of IP addresses of Google, which are used by Telegram to carry out its activity in Russian Federation". A number of other high-profile services have also been affected besides Google, from Slack and Nintendo to SoundCloud and Spotify.

"Google hasn't complied with Roskomnadzor requests and, despite a court ruling, keeps allowing Telegram Messenger to use its IP addresses to operate in Russian Federation", the watchdog said on its official page on the VK.com social network.

In a statement shared on Facebook and other social media, the Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor said it had blocked Google net or IP addresses because Telegram was using them. Last week, Roskomnadzor instructed Apple and Google to remove Telegram from their app stores.

On 17 April, the body confirmed it had blocked millions of IP addresses, citing their potential usefulness for Telegram users to circumvent the ban. I'm thrilled we were able to survive under the most aggressive attempt of internet censorship in Russian history with nearly 18 million IP addresses blocked.

Today, though, the regulator has indicated that it will talk with organisations affected by its blanket blacklists in a bid to resolve the difficulties caused across Russian Federation as a result.

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