Court orders Telegram messenger services to be blocked in Russia

Published time: 13 Apr, 2018 08:36 Edited time: 13 Apr, 2018 08:51 A district court in Moscow has ordered access to popular internet messenger Telegram to be blocked after the company repeatedly refused to hand over encryption keys to its messages to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). DETAILS TO FOLLOW Let’s block ads! (Why?) RT Russian Politics News

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Duma gives nod to bill on multimillion-ruble fake news fines

The Russian lower house has passed in the first reading a bill that counters internet fake news by ordering fines of up to 50 million rubles (US$ 800,000) for refusal to delete illegal, false or slandering information. Once the bill is passed into law, all owners of “public networks” or websites that attract over 100,000 visitors daily would have to ...

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Rosneft chief Sechin gives testimony in $2mn bribe trial of ex-economy minister

Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin has testified as a witness at a closed trial into an appeal filed by former Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for receiving a $ 2 million bribe. The Tuesday testimony was Sechin’s first personal appearance in court as part of Ulyukayev’s case. He turned down a court summons ...

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Russia’s FSB called as third party in Telegram blocking trial

A Moscow court has called the Federal Security Service (FSB) as a third party in the case into whether popular internet messenger Telegram should be blocked, after the firm refusal to hand over encryption keys to the authorities. The decision was announced on Thursday, after the Tagansky District Court held preliminary consultations over the lawsuit initiated earlier this month by ...

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Foreign mass media flouted Russian law & pedaled propaganda in election coverage – senators

The Upper House Commission for the Protection of State Sovereignty has registered more than 1,000 incidents of the western mass media meddling in the recent Russian presidential polls. The overall number of negative reports relating to the election was some 55 times bigger than ones with a positive outlook. “Over the period of our monitoring we have found over 1,000 ...

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Sympathy towards Stalin waning in Russia, survey shows

The proportion of Russians who describe their attitude to Stalin as indifferent has grown to almost one-third, but about 40 percent of citizens still approve of the Soviet dictator, a recent public opinion poll has shown. According to the results of research conducted in March and released by the independent Russian sociological service Levada, the proportion of Russians who are ...

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Head of Duma defense committee promises military response to any US aggression in Syria

The head of the Duma defense committee and former commander of Russian airborne troops has said Moscow would take all measures, including military ones, in response to a possible US strike on government forces in Syria. “The double standard policy has overstepped all possible boundaries. At this point, the [pro-Putin parliamentary majority] United Russia party must responsibly state that we ...

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Russian special services thwarted 6 terrorist attacks in 2018, says Federal Security Service chief

Russian special services prevented six terrorist attacks in the first three months of 2018, FSB Director Aleksandr Bortnikov said at Tuesday’s session of Russia’s National Counter-Terrorism Committee. “Three terrorist crimes were committed [in Russia] in the first quarter of 2018 – in the republic of Dagestan, in Khabarovsk Territory and in Sakhalin Region. Six terrorist attacks were stopped at the ...

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Russian nurse faces probe after footage of alleged cruel treatment of baby leaks on internet (VIDEO)

Russian investigators have started a criminal investigation into the alleged cruel treatment of an abandoned baby in a Novosibirsk hospital, after a chilling video was leaked on the internet, causing outrage among viewers. The video that triggered the probe was posted over the weekend on Russia’s most popular social network Vkontakte, and it soon was reposted on other social networks, ...

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Three quarters of Russians support development of nuclear energy industry

Almost 74 percent of Russian citizens want the government to maintain and develop the nuclear energy industry, which they consider a safe and clean sector. According to a recent public opinion poll conducted by the independent Russian agency Levada, the proportion of people who think that the further development of nuclear energy industry is important and necessary is currently 73.9 ...

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