Thousands of Russians, among whom the well-known Kremlin critic Alexei Navalni, Monday, in the capital Moscow on the street come against the tightening of control on the internet. Following is the block of the berichtenapp Telegram by the Russian authorities.
According to the police and the authorities called in the event of 8,000 people, which is relatively many for an opposition-organized meeting. For comparison: in August, a similar protest against restrictions on the internet only a thousand people show up.
The protesters had banners and signs with messages against the government and Russian flags, and shouted slogans such as ” Putin is a thief’ or ‘Keep not silent’. There were also paper kites thrown into the air, a reference to the logo of the berichtenapp Telegram, which is blocked in Russia.
During a speech of thanks to the well-known activist Alexei Navalni Pavel Doerov, the Russian founder of Telegram. “Thank you Pacha Doerov to speak about resistance. Because resistance show, that is doing something that is not silent but speak, ” he said. Doerov thanked in turn, the participants of the manifestation, ‘a first of its kind’, through the socialemedianetwerk Vkontakte. “Your energy is changing the world,” she said.
Government wants a code Telegram
The messages sent via Telegram are encrypted, so the intelligence services can’t read. The Russian authorities let the app earlier this month to block, after they demanded the code to release that the sent messages deciphered.
The app was shortly after the reelection of president Vladimir Putin blocked. During his previous term of office of the president in the name of the fight against terrorism and extremism, the grip of the authorities on the internet have already significantly strengthened. According to the critics, however, it is a way to the political debate, to check, and critical voices silenced.