FSB detained a suspect in the extremism for on-the-record messenger

FSB detained a suspect in the extremism for on-the-record messenger

Employees of FSB have detained the native of Tajikistan for appeals to extremist activity via the Internet-messenger, Zello, RBC reported a source in GU MVD in Moscow, and also confirmed a source from the interior Ministry.

“Who was detained for an administrative offence admitted that he created a group chat in the online messenger, Zello, which has placed a voice message with calls to extremist activities”, — said the interlocutor of RBC capital Moi.

The voice message begins with the words “gasoline spill and fire” and ended with the words “they don’t understand they are illiterate”, said a source in the Russian interior Ministry. He added that the message contained “incitement to religious hatred”.

Currently, investigators solve a question on excitation of criminal case and are investigating further activities of the detainee.

In mid-April, the representative of Roskomnadzor Vadim Ampelonskiy told RBC that the Agency sent to Russian communications operators the requirement about blocking of Zello applications. Such a measure, he explained that the owner of Zello Inc. not sent to Roskomnadzor in the period data for inclusion in the register of the organizers of disseminating information.

Ampelonskiy also noted that the Zello services “was actively used for organizing an unsanctioned protest actions among truckers”. Operating officer of Zello Russia Veronika Zaslavskaya in conversation with RBC said that the requirements of Roscomnadzor “absurd and impossible”. She explained that the blocking of Zello will be deprived of communication channels of a large group of volunteers that use the mobile phone for coordination. The application for connection, including the use of and search-and-rescue teams, she said.