MOSCOW, June 16 (RAPSI) — An 800,000-ruble (about $14K) fine has been imposed on Threema GmbH for failure to comply with Russian legislation governing instant messaging providers, the Moscow Tagansky District Court’s press service told RAPSI.

Threema is a paid open-source end-to-end encrypted instant messaging application. It is developed by the Swiss company Threema GmbH founded in 2014 in Pfäffikon SZ near Zurich.

The fine follows the legislation adopted in Russia in late 2017. The law gives the definition of an instant messaging provider entrusted with some obligations. One of them is that transmission of messages must be ensured only to those users who are identified in accordance with the regulations established by the Government.

In addition to that, messengers are obligated to guarantee tools allowing users ban others and restrict access to information prohibited by Russian law.