Prominent Russian journalists to sue FSB over Telegram
MOSCOW, October 25 (RAPSI) – Prominent Russian journalists Oleg Kashin and Alexander Plyushchev on Wednesday will file lawsuits against the Federal Security Service (FSB) over the request to obtain information on Telegram messages decoding, lawyer Pavel Chikov told RAPSI.
According to Chikov, journalists ask the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow to find actions of FSB illegal. The also seek to oblige the defendant to withdraw the request to gain access to Telegram messaging app users’ correspondence.
The applicants explained that actions of FSB violate their right to confidential conversation with sources of information.
In June, head of the communications watchdog Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov requested the Telegram management to comply with the Russian legislation or face blocking of the messenger.
In July, Durov reportedly received the FSB requests to provide information for decoding messages of six app users. In September, law enforcement authorities drew up administrative protocols against Telegram because of law violation, as Durov failed to reply for the request.
On October 16, the court fined the Telegram 800,000 rubles ($14,000) for refusal to provide information to FSB. The service was found guilty of failure to store and (or) furnish information on users and their messages to law enforcement agencies.
According to the Federal Law “On Information, Information Technologies and the Protection of Information”, organizers of information distribution on the Internet must submit information about users and their messages to the authorized governmental bodies conducting investigative activities and ensuring the state security.