Russia: Social networks won’t be blocked, Putin tells blogger

Russia is not going to shut down popular social media networks, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday. However, the Russian president told Russian blogger Huseyn Hasanov that he was «well aware of the situation with Telegram.» «What would I like to say about this?,» Putin asked. “When, for example, members of law enforcement agencies... Еще and special services tell me that after the blasts in the St. Petersburg metro, they were not able to track the terrorists’ correspondence, could not make a decision on time because it was encrypted, and the terrorists made use of it; how should I react to that? Issues of security are a priority, aren't they?.» He also explained why a Russian cryptocurrency could not exist. “Russia cannot have any cryptocurrencies by definition. Also no other country can have a cryptocurrency because if we are talking about cryptocurrencies, it is an issue that spreads beyond national borders,» the president said.

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