"Transparency International - Russia" joins the appeal of the initiative group of Russian and international NGOs to Russian authorities with an appeal to stop the restrictions on anonymity on the Internet and the blocking of the Telegram messenger. The initiative group includes 53 organizations; including the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, the Human Rights Center "Memorial", the Moscow Helsinki Group, ATS Info, RosKomSvoboda, Team 29, and the international office of Transparency International.
On April 13 Tagansky District Court of Moscow granted Roscomnadzor's lawsuit about blocking access to Telegram. To date, many services have suffered from locks, including e-commerce sites, hotel booking sites and airline tickets, as well as Internet banking services, several online media and the largest international Internet companies. On May 16, more than 10 million IP-addresses of these companies was blocked.
We call on the Russian authorities to stop blocking Telegram and to stop the incessant attacks on the freedom of the Internet as a whole. We also call on the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union, the United States of America and other interested governments to respond to the actions of the Russian authorities and support the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and privacy on the Internet and outside it. Finally, we call on Internet companies to resist unreasonable and unlawful demands that violate the rights of their users.