Created by Russian-born developers, encrypted chat app Telegram is one of the most popular instant messaging apps on iPhone and Android. But Russia has Telegram in its sights for the company\u2019s refusal to share encryption keys with the state\u2019s FSB intelligence agency.\r\nTelegram is officially banned in Russia right now, and the country has gone as far as to block Amazon and Google services to prevent Telegram access. On top of that, the local telecom regulator is asking both Apple and Google to remove the Telegram app from the App Store and Google Play.\r\nRoskomnadzor wants Apple and Google to remove the app from app stores available in Russia, following the recent ban on Telegram,\u00a0according to\u00a0Reuters.\r\nIt\u2019s likely that at least Apple, which is known to have complied with censorship laws in China, will comply with Russia\u2019s censurious request.\r\nWhat\u2019s strange about the whole thing is that Telegram isn\u2019t the only encrypted chat app out there. In fact, Apple\u2019s iPhone is encrypted the moment the user creates a password. iMessage and FaceTime are also encrypted apps on the iPhone.\r\nThere are plenty of other examples of encrypted services that are available around the world, Russia included, that the country has not banned. It\u2019s unlikely that these services have provided FSB with encryption keys.\r\nNot to mention that asking Apple to ban an app is one thing, but demanding access to iMessage is quite another. Not even the FBI managed to force Apple to create iOS backdoors.\r\nSo why is Russia going after Telegram in particular? The fact that its founders are Russians, and have had previous clashes with competitors and the government may be the real reason.\r\nThe removal of Telegram is sure to benefit other Russian-based apps, including Mail.ru, which happens to have purchased Russian social network VK, which was created by the same Nikolai and Pavel Durov brothers. You\u2019ve guessed it, the Durovs, who\u2019re no longer based in Russia, are behind Telegram too. Mail.ru\u2019s takeover of VK wasn\u2019t that friendly either, people say. It\u2019s also worth noting that Mail.ru is controlled by Alisher Usmanov, who happens to be close to Russian president Vladimir Putin.\r\nEarlier this week, the same Roskomnadzor blocked millions of domains and IP addresses belonging to Amazon and Google\u2019s clouds to shut down Telegram. In the process, the telecom regulator took down various other services and other games operating on the same cloud infrastructures.\r\nIn March, Telegram announced that more than 200 million people use the instant chat app each month.