</p> <p /><title /></p> <p>The FSB’s announcement follows a public<br /> row between the head of Roskomnadzor, Russia’s media watchdog, and<br /> Telegram founder Pavel Durov.</p> <p>Roskomnadzor chief Alexander Zharov<br /> publicly appealed to Durov on Friday, asking him to hand over data<br /> in order to register Telegram in a state-controlled database.</p> <p>The agency chief — who made similar<br /> appeals back in May — warned that the app could be banned in Russia<br /> if the company did not comply.</p> <p>Zharov later went on to accuse Telegram<br /> founder Pavel Durov of “ignoring the safety of ordinary Telegram<br /> users” and being “neutral” toward the “terrorists and criminal<br /> who use his service.”</p> <p /><title /></p> <p>Durov dismissed the accusations,<br /> writing on Russian social media site VKontakte that Telegram had<br /> blocked more than 5,000 terrorism-related channels and groups since<br /> the start of June.</p> <p>He also said that Telegram would not<br /> hand over its encryption keys, arguing that this demand violated the<br /> Russian constitution. “These requests contradict article 23 of<br /> the Russian Constitution, which guarantees private correspondence. It<br /> also shows a lack of understanding as to what encryption is like in<br /> 2017,” he said.</p> <p>Zharov was not alone in his criticism of Durov. <a target="_blank" href="https://meduza.io/feature/2017/06/26/pavel-durov-anarhist-kak-federalnye-telekanaly-gotovyat-rossiyan-k-blokirovke-telegram">Three flagship news shows </a>on Russian<br /> state television featured reports on Telegram. The popular Voskresenoe Vremya on Russia’s Channel One accused Durov of being “an anarchist,” while a report on NTV said that Durov considered individual rights more important than the threat of terrorism.</p> <p /> <p /><title /></p> <p>Telegram had 6 million active Russian<br /> users as of January 2017, up from just 2 million at the start of<br /> 2016. 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