Russian Federation blocks Google IP addresses days after Telegram ban

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While neither Google nor Apple has signalled that they have banned the app from their respective App Store and Google Play Store, it is believed that many websites and services across Russian Federation have been affected by the ban.

In a statement shared on Facebook and other social media, the Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor said it had blocked Google net or IP addresses because Telegram was using them.

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.

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

An online service map that monitors live website outages worldwide showed concentrated Google and YouTube search and log-in issues in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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

According to ABC News, Roskomnadzor implemented a nationwide block on eighteen networks - including those from Amazon and Google - that it suspects Telegram of using to bypass its recent ruling.

On 17 April, the body confirmed it had blocked millions of IP addresses, citing their potential usefulness for Telegram users to circumvent the ban.

Efforts to cut off access to Telegram in Russian Federation have adversely affected other online services in the country. Founder of the messenger Pavel Durov assures that Telegram will take all possible measures to bypass the blocking.

"Google has not met the requirements of Roskomnadzor and in violation of the verdict of the court continues to allow the company Telegram Messenger Limited Liability Partnership to use its IP-addresses to run operations in the territory of Russia", Roskomnadzor reported on the page of the agency in VKontakte.

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