Russia: More than 12,000 attend Moscow's Telegram rally — reports

Protesters (Russian): «No!» Thousands of Muscovites gathered on Moscow's Sakharova Avenue to protest against the Telegram messenger ban on Monday. Opposition leaders such as Aleksei Navalny and head of Russian Libertarian Party Mikhail Svetov attended the rally. According to Navalny, he is not going to tolerate those who say «You behave badly on your internet so we will gobble down your... Еще internet.» Protesters threw paper planes symbolising the Telegram messenger. Authorised rally was organised by the Libertarian Party of Russia. According to the organisers, up to 5,000 participants — which is the maximum number of people allowed by the authorities — were expected to attend the rally. As police reports, 7,500 finally attended. According to the White Counter project, more than 12,300 people passed through metal detection arches to Sakharova Avenue. The Telegram messenger was banned across the entire territory of the Russian Federation, following a ruling by the Tagansky district court in Moscow on 13th April. Telegram's representatives had announced earlier that they did not plan to follow the order of the regulator to provide the FSB with encryption keys needed to access the data.

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