Deputy Didenko called on his colleagues in the State Duma to switch from WhatsApp to Telegram and WeChat
State Duma deputy Alexei Didenko (LDPR) believes that all deputies should stop using WhatsApp (owned by the American Meta, which is recognized as extremist and banned in the Russian Federation). In his opinion, for this it is necessary to "determine one synchronous day for deletion."
Mr. Didenko believes that Telegram should become the base platform, but he allows the transition to the Chinese messenger WeChat. “Deputies of the State Duma, in my opinion, in the near future everyone should leave WhatsApp and use only normal networks,” Mr. Didenko said at a conference in the State Duma (quoted from "RIA News").
Telegram founder Pavel Durov in February declaredthat his messenger became the second most popular. It is second only to WhatsApp. Mr. Durov noted that Telegram was closing the gap every year. Telegram messenger blocked in Russia in 2018–2020 at the suit of Roskomnadzor.