AZAPI is the Internet Copyright Protection Association. Representatives of the Russian organization sent the complaint directly to Apple. The essence of the complaint is that Telegram Messenger LLP, which was liquidated about a year ago, was indicated as the developer of the Telegram messenger in the AppStore.
AZAPI representatives intended to file claims against the application developer. In order to get contacts for direct communication, the association turned directly to the developers in Cupertino, and in return they received contacts of the company, which was liquidated a year ago. And in order to appeal the actions of the development company in court, at least it must exist.
The head of the Russian agency, Maxim Ryabyko, believes that Apple is obliged to either determine the owner or take responsibility for AZAPI claims in court. It was not possible to determine what the representatives of the company in Cupertino thought about that.
The association complained about Telegram to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) too. The reason was the upcoming issue of the cryptocurrency Gram. The Russian agency tried to convey to SEC the idea that thanks to its own cryptocurrency Telegram could become the largest pirate platform in the modern world. In turn, the new virtual currency will be used exclusively for trafficking in illegal content.
Pavel Durov is the founder of Telegram Messenger LLP; the company was registered in the British Virgin Islands, its liquidation was completed in April of this year.
They have been trying to block Telegram in the Russian Federation since the mid-spring 2018. It turned out that Durov’s refusal to share encryption keys of user correspondence with the FSB had caused such drastic measures.
The material was prepared with the participation of Katya Wilson,
a leading analyst of the brokerage company UFT Group