Russia: Second rally against Telegram ban takes place in Moscow

Around 2,000 people gathered in central Moscow on Sunday to protest against the Telegram instant messaging app crackdown and to support online freedom in Russia. Opposition leaders such as the Head of Parnas Party Mikhail Kasyanov spoke at the rally. According to police reports, 1,000 people attended the rally., while according to the White Counter Project, more than 2,200 people passed... Еще through metal detection arches on Sakharova Avenue. Protesters carried posters reading: «Today [you] block the internet, tomorrow — burn books?» and «[You] cannot ban paper planes.» Protesters occupied Moscow's Sakharova Avenue to support the Telegram app for the second time. On April 30 more than 12,000 Muscovites attended the previous rally. 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 set by the regulator to provide the FSB with encryption keys needed to access the data.

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