Ministry for digital development, communications and mass communications of the Russian Federation refused to support a bill to remove restrictions from Telegram messenger. A letter to the authors of the initiative are at the disposal of “Kommersant”. The Ministry indicates that the developers — the state Duma Tumusov Fedotov and Dmitry Jonas — did not provide specific mechanisms to lift the restrictions made terminological errors, and document in the case of adoption can lead to abuse from other messengers and sites. Mr. Tumusov believes that all the flaws of the bill can be corrected for the second reading, so it will make it to the Duma next week and “will seek adoption.”In late April deputies of the state Duma from “Fair Russia” Fedot Tumusov and Dmitry Jonas has prepared a draft law on the termination of the lock Telegram. Parliamentarians explained that the messenger is the de facto platform for “official services” of government agencies through which they distribute including important information about the coronavirus, and unsuccessful attempts to block it “damage the prestige of the government”. The project was sent to the government and the Ministry of communications with a request to support him for the successful completion of initiatives through the state Duma. It was also noted that the law may not have retroactive effect, and to cancel a previously made judgment impossible. At the same time, some experts believed that you need to remove the lock from multiple sites and to change the existing legislation.The Ministry of communications refused to support the bill. This conclusion is contained in the reply of the Ministry to a parliamentary inquiry, gentlemen Tumusova and grids (available to Kommersant). “The bill does not contain any implementation mechanism that defines the entity authorized the decision on the termination of the access restrictions and how to overcome a court decision to block the information resource of the organizer of information dissemination in the Internet”,— noted in the Ministry of communications.In addition, the Ministry feared that the bill, if adopted, “may lead to abuse”: unscrupulous organizers of the dissemination of information on the Internet (instant messengers, websites, etc.) will be to disseminate information about the activities of government agencies to use this as an argument when trying to limit their work. In a press-service of the Ministry, “Kommersant” said that he had sent his answer to the deputies.The author of the bill Fedor Tumusov told “Kommersant” that has not yet received a response from the Ministry. According to him, he and his colleague still plan to introduce a bill next week, as indicated by the Ministry questions can be addressed to the second reading: “We want to make, and to ensure that it was adopted”. Mr. Tumusov intends to continue working with the government and the Duma Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications.We will remind, in April of 2018 Tagansky court of Moscow has blocked the Telegram for request of Roskomnadzor because of the fact that representatives of the service have not provided the FSB the keys to decrypt user messages. The FSB claimed that the messenger was used for the terrorist attack in the metro of Saint-Petersburg in April 2017. The Creator of the messenger, Pavel Durov said about the absence of technical possibility to transfer the keys to the security forces and that the enforcement of such requirements would violate article 23 of the Constitution of the secrecy of correspondence.Vladimir Heifetz, Julia Silence, Kira Duryagina
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