Firechat's Amazon S3 instance got blocked in Russia

Anton Nesterov komachi at
Sat Jan 10 04:44:13 PST 2015

> Dnia wtorek, 30 grudnia 2014 19:21:08 Anton Nesterov pisze:
>> So with IPs,,
>>,,,, was
>> blocked in Russia by order 27-27-2014/Ид4349-14 of General Prosecutor.
>> That instance was used by Firechat to over-the-internet chats.
>> Firechat became very popular in Russia in last days (it's got to the top
>> of Apple's App Store) because of it's mesh-chat function and because of
>> planned rallies in support of Alexei Navalny. Rally was planned on 15
>> Jan, but as court yesterday decide to move the date of sentence to 30
>> Dec, it happened today. Alexei Navalny got 3.5 years of suspended
>> sentence, and his brother, Oleg, was jailed for 3.5 years.
>> This is the first time when some service got blocked that way, before
>> that there was only websites. It's not a big deal because of mesh chat.
>> Both & wasn't blocked and still works,
>> downloads from App Store & Google Play are fine too.
>> Due to how ISPs block things (IP blocking mainly), Russian users also
>> got a problems with many services which use S3.
> Wait, I don't get it. Is it mesh or not? If it is, how can they block it by 
> blocking a few IPs?

It's mesh, and mesh chats works without internet, but Firechat also
allows over-the-internet chats, which was blocked. By the way, it's
already unblocked.

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