Logo of the Russian Telegram application
Logo of the Russian Telegram application

After two years of tightening the screws on the operators and users of the Telegram app in Russia, the communications watchdog agency "Roskomnadzor" decided to lift the ban imposed on it, for an embarrassing reason is that it failed to stop the application being used widely, according to the Business Insider website.

Russian media have described the authorities' move as surrender, while "Roskomnadzor" announced that its step comes because the founder of the Russian application, Pavel Durov, is ready to cooperate in combating terrorism and extremism on the platform.

"Roskomnadzor has abandoned its demands to restrict access to Telegram in agreement with the Russian Prosecutor's Office," it said in a statement.

Dorov (the founder of Telegram) was at odds with the Russian authorities over user privacy issues, as "Roskomnadzor" asked him to hand over certain information for inclusion in a government list of information distributors.

The Russian telecommunications agency banned the application in April 2018, but despite the blocking of IP addresses, it did not succeed in stopping it, and the application continued to spread in Russia.

Despite the ban on the use of the application, government departments such as the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Corona Virus Task Force have accounts on the application.

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that the Kremlin took note of Roskomnadzor’s decision and the reasons for it, according to TASS news agency.

It is noteworthy that Indonesia also embarked on banning the application of Telegram after the Indonesian authorities confirmed that some terrorist groups have used the application, and the company demanded the removal of illegal content from its channels immediately, and Indonesia banned the web version of Telegram.