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Russia's telecom minister not ruling out Viber may be blocked

Staff Writer | May 3, 2018
Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov has not ruled out that another popular messenger Viber could be blocked if the Federal Security Service has problems with obtaining encryption keys.
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Technology   This is a matter of the FSB
"This is a matter of the FSB as the powers regarding such specific issues of implementing an order on providing encryption keys are the powers of the FSB.

"If they have problems with providing encryption keys they may turn to the court and get a similar judicial decision," TASS cited Nikiforov as saying.

Touching on the situation with Telegram’s blocking in Russia, the minister said: "I believe there is a decision of the court and this decision does not need any comments."

The minister noted that the decision on blocking the messenger is "implemented with varying success."