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Russia Telegram ban hits Google and Amazon services

Google, Amazon and other services inside Russia have been hit by the country’s bids to stop people using the Telegram messaging app.

Russia banned the app after the company refused to hand over encryption keys that could unscramble messages.

The ban, which started this month, involved Russian regulators blocking many net addresses to cut off access.

Addresses used by Google and other cloud services were caught as Telegram was using their infrastructure.

Heavy impact

In a statement shared on Facebook and other social media, the Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor said it had blocked Google net or IP addresses because Telegram was using them.

In a statement, Google said: “We are aware of reports that some users in Russia are unable to access some Google products, and are investigating those reports.”

BBC Monitoring said it had seen reports by users that they were having problems reaching the Google.com website and some other unspecified services.

Ingrid Lunden on news site Techcrunch said the address block had hit other cloud services that used Google’s infrastructure. It is also believed to have caught out some web services that used Amazon Web Services, including Twitch and Spotify.

Amazon has not yet responded to a request for a statement from the BBC.

It said that other services were being caught by the block because Telegram had been seeking to keep running by regularly changing the net addresses it used.

Rather than just block the latest group of net address, Roskomnadzor has been blocking all the ones Telegram has used, said Techcrunch. Currently millions of IP addresses are included in the block.

Earlier this month, Russian players of Guild Wars and World of Warships also said that they could not access these games.

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