A court in Moscow has made it possible for Russian Federation to ban Telegram, a messaging app, for its "failure" in providing the access to users'messages to the security authorities in Russian Federation.
The ruling judge, Yulia Smolina of the Tagansky District Court in Moscow, said, "the court has ruled to refuse the request of the Telegram party and look into the case without participation of Telegram representatives".
A Russian court has ordered a block on access to the Telegram messaging app - with the block coming into force immediately, according to the BBC.
A Moscow court has banned the popular Telegram messaging app, in a landmark decision that moves Russian Federation a step closer towards Chinese-style internet censorship. Earlier, the ultimatum put forward by Roskomnadzor to Telegram ended.
The Kremlin uses Telegram to coordinate timings of regular conference calls with Vladimir Putin's spokesman, while many government officials use the messenger to communicate with media.
However, according to Telegram, not only is this requirement unconstitutional, it is also technically impossible as the encryption keys keep changing.
The ruling follows a long-running battle between the Russian authorities and Telegram, which has a reputation for secure communications, as Moscow pushes to increase surveillance of Internet activities. Luckily, Telegram does contain proxy settings which could potentially be used in order to circumvent the ban.
"Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed", he said. It claims to have more than 200 million active users.
There is not any immediate comment from Pavel Durov, the Telegram founder, that a Russian who fled the country at 2014 immediately after losing control of this Russian social network Vkontakte, which he'd also established.
The Supreme Court turned down Telegram's appeal against the Federal Security Service.
"Telegram's lawyer, Pavel Chikov, warned, "[Russia has] demonstrated again and again that the court system is devoted to serving the interests of the authorities.