Russian security services said that the terrorists use the Telegram messaging service to communicate with curators and associates. The FSB called the use of the messenger "total". According to security officials, it is this application that is most popular among criminals - not only terrorists, but also, for example, drug dealers.
Among other things, representatives of the security forces said that Telegram was used by terrorists in preparing an attack on passengers of the St. Petersburg metro on April 3. The alleged suicide bomber, a 22-year-old native of the Kyrgyz city of Osh Akbarzhon Jalilov, who blew himself up in a subway car between the Sennaya Square and Technological Institute stations, contacted foreign curators and accomplices in Moscow via a secure communication channel in Telegram.
In response, the creator of Telegram Pavel Durov, one of the youngest billionaires in the world, addressed the rhetoric that was understandable to the Russian authorities and recalled that Roskomnadzor did not pay attention to equally popular messengers - for example, Facebook or WhatsApp, which belong and According to Pavel Durov, controlled by the United States. At the same time, they are putting pressure on the Telegram messaging service neutral to Russia.
The editors of uznayvse.ru note that Pavel Durov also considers it utopian to control the correspondence of terrorists and drug dealers. According to him, in order to cut off communication channels for criminals, it will be necessary to close the entire Internet.