Russian Federation blocks Google services as Telegram row intensifies

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However, Telegram managed to bypass the blocking and continued its activities using IP addresses belonging to Google and other technology companies.

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

The FSB's defense attorney argued that its position was constitutional because it demanded Telegram to provide encryption keys as opposed to correspondence. Some turn to VPNs to access that content anyway, but it turns out that Telegram hasn't needed to rely on that workaround to get used.

Google confirmed today that some of its services were "adversely affected" by the IP crackdown in Russian Federation.

Google has announced that several of its services have been reportedly blocked for the company's Russian users following the political controversy over the Telegram ban in the country.

As we described earlier this week, the reason so many IP addresses are getting blocked is because Telegram has been using a technique that allows it to "hop" to a new IP address when the one that it's using is blocked from getting accessed by RKN.

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Caught in this game of digital chicken is apparently some of the other services that use Google Cloud and Amazon's AWS, like Twitch and Spotify.

"Due to this, Roskomnadzor 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".

"We are aware of reports that some users in Russian Federation are unable to access some Google products, and are investigating those reports", said Google.

On Sunday, the stakes were raised by Roskomnadzor by declaring it had included an unspecified variety of Google internet protocol address utilised by Telegram into this sign up of internet sites.

Durov, who left Russia in 2014 and became a vocal critic of the Kremlin's policies on internet freedom, called the blocking order the "largest-scale act of internet censorship in Russian history", as cited by The Moscow Times.

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