Telegram was not included in the list of social networks that officials should maintain, because it is not a social network and is not registered in Russia, Alexander Khinshtein, head of the Duma Committee on Information Policy, said
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From December 1, 2022, Russian authorities will be required to maintain official countries on the VKontakte social networks. and Odnoklassniki, the government press service said.
“State bodies, local authorities, subordinate organizations and courts will be required to create and maintain official accounts on the VKontakte social networks.” and Odnoklassniki, — the message says.
The authorities will have to post reports on ongoing events, comment on current issues, and also indicate on the page contact information for communication: e-mail and phone numbers indicated in the government.
To oblige to conduct Telegram channels of officials did not become, since the messenger does not meet two criteria: it is not a social network and is not registered in Russian jurisdiction, explained Alexander Khinshtein, head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy. “Which, however, does not in the least prevent any government agencies from running their own TG channel. But this is their right, not their duty, & mdash; noted the deputy.
In the spring, Russia blocked the popular Western social networks Instagram and Facebook (owned by Meta, which is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned), as well as Twitter. After that, most Russian officials and authorities stopped publishing posts there, and the Ministry of Digital Development invited them to “move” on Telegram and on VKontakte.
Telegram channels, including the government, ministries, the Investigative Committee, the Prosecutor General's Office and the heads of Russian regions. Even earlier, government agencies and officials began maintaining official accounts on VKontakte.
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