Russian government stated about the creation of an official Telegram channel " Russian government " to further inform citizens about changes in the country through social networks. Boris Belyakov, press secretary of the Prime Minister, assures that "From the official Telegram channel, subscribers will be able to receive reliable information about the work of the Cabinet of Ministers."
According to a statement, the government will publish information on key cabinet decisions, work trips of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and his deputies and reports on significant events in the Telegram channel.
The creation of the Telegram channel comes amid the Russian government’s ongoing "struggle" with Durov’s messenger.
On April 13, 2018, the Tagansky Court in Moscow allowed to block Telegram in Russia. Roskomnadzor demanded the messenger to provide the FSB with encryption keys, but Telegram refused. In this regard, it was decided to limit its activities in Russia. However, users immediately learned how to bypass the blocking. Two years later, Roskomnadzor unblocked Telegram by "agreement with the RF Prosecutor General’s Office".
Instead of blocking and slowing down, Roskomnadzor began creating numerous protocols for failing to remove banned content. On May 12 this year, a magistrate judge in Moscow’s Tagansky District based on protocols from the agency assigned Telegram two fines of 5 million rubles. On May 13, the court received four more protocols on the messenger. As a result of their review on June 10, Telegram fined For another 10 million rubles.
On June 28, Roskomnadzor. filed three more protocols on Telegram. A month later, the messenger fined for 11 million rubles for the same reason – failure to prohibited content according to Roskomnadzor protocols.
The head of Roskomnadzor Andrei Lipov admitted that blocking or slowing down popular services is ineffective. The agency called multimillion-dollar fines the best measures to force companies to comply with Russian laws.