While Russia makes up only 7 percent of Telegram's user base, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world, Durov said.
Apple's App Store generated $42.5 billion of consumer spending last year, nearly doubling in two years and outpacing the growth of app downloads, per a study by researcher App Annie that was shared with Mobile Marketer.
Russian Federation wanted Telegram to turn over encryption keys, which the company refused to do.
On Monday, Russia's communications watchdog said it had requested Apple block push notifications for Telegram users in Russia, which would mean users would not receive alerts for new messages and thus render it less useful.
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The crackdown on Telegram resulted in the blocking of IP addresses from cloud services providers, including Google and Amazon, in Russian Federation. As shown in the screenshot here, results for App Store searches remain somewhat scattershot; they can now turn up completely unrelated apps badged with "Ad", unusually surfaced apps that aren't ads, or advertised apps that may well be exactly what a user is looking for. Also, the Telegram iOS app could be more at risk since it isn't getting bug fixes and security patches. "We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country", Telegram Pavel Durov said on his official Telegram Channel per Reuters.
A little over a month ago, Russian authorities started blocking messaging service Telegram in the country as the organization behind the app refused to share the encryption keys for its users' private conversations. Ars has reached out to Apple for further comment. The company seems to have remained silent about this issue, presumably until its leadership can make-up its mind about whether or not to fully comply with the Russian government and kick Telegram out of its store or stand up against it. Russia's Federal Security Service wanted access to Telegram's users' encrypted messages, saying it was necessary to monitor potential terrorists.
"As a result, we've also been unable to fully comply with GDPR for our European Union users by the deadline of 25 May 2018".
"Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience".