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Russia: 'It has affected me personally' - St. Petersburg protests against Telegram ban01:51

Russia: 'It has affected me personally' - St. Petersburg protests against Telegram ban

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
May 1, 2018 at 16:55 GMT -00:00 · Published

About a thousand people marched through central Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday to demonstrate against blocking the Telegram messenger in Russia.

Protesters marched along the Nevsky Prospect to the Field of Mars (Marsovo Polye). They carried banners reading "Rights are not given, rights are taken", "Stop blocking our future" chanting "We are the authority here" and "Durov is our hero".

One of the protesters Denis explained his decision to join the rally for the first time in his life saying that the Telegram ban has "affected [him] personally."

Up to 12 people were reportedly arrested for carrying flags of foreign states.

The Telegram application was banned across the entire territory of the Russian Federation following a ruling by the Tagansky district court in Moscow on April 13. With its 15 million users, Telegram is one of the most popular messaging applications in Russia.

Russia: 'It has affected me personally' - St. Petersburg protests against Telegram ban01:51
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About a thousand people marched through central Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday to demonstrate against blocking the Telegram messenger in Russia.

Protesters marched along the Nevsky Prospect to the Field of Mars (Marsovo Polye). They carried banners reading "Rights are not given, rights are taken", "Stop blocking our future" chanting "We are the authority here" and "Durov is our hero".

One of the protesters Denis explained his decision to join the rally for the first time in his life saying that the Telegram ban has "affected [him] personally."

Up to 12 people were reportedly arrested for carrying flags of foreign states.

The Telegram application was banned across the entire territory of the Russian Federation following a ruling by the Tagansky district court in Moscow on April 13. With its 15 million users, Telegram is one of the most popular messaging applications in Russia.

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