About two years ago the crusade between Telegram, the famous instant messaging service, and Russia, began with the participation of Iran at a later time.
To make a long story short: in 2018 Russia “waged” Pavel Durov’s platform following the latter’s refusal to provide the keys to access Telegram’s encrypted messages. The refusal of this request, motivated by the anti-terrorism laws in force in Russia since 2016, led the Russian ISPs to block 15.8 million IP belonging to the cloud platforms of Amazon and Google, on which Telegram relied.
This, as you can imagine, has caused an avalanche of disservices related not only to Telegram but also to the activities of Amazon and Google themselves. Shortly thereafter, Iran also joined Russian decisions, for similar reasons.
Returning nowadays, Russia would have decided to remove the ban on Telegram, aware of the importance of this tool as a means of spreading updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. To this must be added the formal promises of Durov himself to help the government to fight terrorism and extremism, without however giving the decryption keys.
It is no secret that Telegram has for years fought a “digital battle” against ISIS, constantly removing all affiliate accounts or communication channels within the platform. Peace would seem to have returned, therefore, pending a definitive resolution between the parties which, despite the obvious differences, now seem willing to walk in the same direction.