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The hearing allowing Russia to ban Telegram lasted only 18 minutes

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After scheduling a hearing just 24 hours earlier and failing to inform Telegram’s lawyers, a Moscow court decided to allow the Russian government to ban messaging app Telegram in just 18 minutes.

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Telegram lawyer Pavel Chikov protested the process, saying it shows that the Russian court system is “devoted to serving the interests of the authorities.”

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Russia’s Federal Security Service is pressuring Telegram so it grants it access to users’ messages, saying it needs that access to complete its duties, including fighting terrorism.

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The secrecy provided by Telegram is known to attract members of extremist groups, but it is also popular among journalists, politicians, and activists, and even Russian officials.

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