Apple has blocked Telegram updates on the App Store

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In April, a Moscow court banned the popular free app following a long-running battle between authorities and Telegram, which has a reputation for securely encrypted communications.

The situation highlights the messy gatekeeper role Apple plays with its App Store acting as the main way people can download apps, along with Google's Play store.

In a post on his own Telegram channel today, Durov apologised for some features not working under just-released iOS 11.4.

Encrypted messaging app Telegram is feeling the squeeze out of Russian Federation, where regulators are not letting up in their ongoing attempts to block the app because its publishers refuse to provide regulators with access to messages on the platform. While Russia makes up only 7% of Telegram's userbase, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April.

Shortly after, Russian Federation also blocked a number of IP addresses from Amazon and Google.

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"We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country", Durov said Thursday on Telegram. The company has one month to remove the app completely from its App Store for Russian users. "Unfortunately, Apple didn't side with us".

"Russia banned Telegram on its territory in April because we refused to provide decryption keys for all our users' communications to Russia's security agencies".

It also requested Apple no longer make the app available for download in Russian Federation.

"In order to anticipate Roskomnadzor's likely response to the violations regarding the operation of the aforesaid Apple, Inc. services we are asking you to notify us within the tightest deadlines of the company's further actions regarding the solution of these issues,"Roskomnadzor said in a statement".