MOSCOW - Reuters
Russia starts blocking Telegram messenger: Regulator

Russia's state telecommunications regulator said on Monday it had begun blocking access to messenger service Telegram, implementing a decision by a Russian court.

The watchdog, Roskomnadzor, in a statement posted on its website, said that it had sent telecoms operators notification about blocking access to the service.

Interfax news agency quoted an official at the watchdog as saying it would take several hours to complete the operation to block access.

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