Google caught up in Russia's battle with Telegram

Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban		
		
	Ingrid Lunden

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Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban Ingrid Lunden @ 7 hours

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".

Russian Federation banned the app after the company refused to hand over encryption keys that could unscramble messages.

Google services affected in the region include Search, Gmail, and push notifications for Android.

Another app, Zello, resorted to IP-hopping for close to a year until the authorities began blocking access to entire subnetworks of IP addresses to curb the practice, and firms such as Google asked Zello to stop in order to unblock other services. Together with the Telegram servers, the departments listed about 18 million IP addresses of Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Digital Ocean (which the messenger used to bypass the blocking) to the forbidden sites registry.

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The Russian telecom regulator Roskomnadzor has said that it blocked Google net or IP addresses because the messaging service was using them, but this seems to have impacted other services, including Google, who have received reports from Russian users that they are unable to access some products. A Google spokesperson said the company was aware of the reports and was investigating the situation. Last week, Roskomnadzor instructed Apple and Google to remove Telegram from their app stores. Telegram has been using a technique that allows it to "hop" to a new IP address when the one it's using is blocked by the Russian censors.

Writing on Twitter, the watchdog said it has blocked a range of Google applications in the aftermath of the Telegram ban.

"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.

Some users have circumvented the block by using virtual private network (VPN) technology, proxies, and third-party cloud services.

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