Pavel Durov Starts Paying Bitcoin Grants to Proxy/VPN Services


Telegram Founder and CEO Pavel Durov has started paying Bitcoin-grants to proxy and VPN service administrators.

«As part of digital resistance — a decentralized movement in defense of digital freedoms and progress — I began to pay Bitcoin grants to proxy and VPN administrators,» Durov wrote in a post on his VKontakte account.

Durov said he is ready to sacrifice millions of dollars towards that goal. He urged all to join and participate by setting up proxy/VPN servers or by financing them.

I urge everyone to join and participate — setting up proxy / vpnservers or their financing,” Durov said.

The statement comes after Russia’s state telecommunications regulator on Monday started blocking access to messenger service Telegram.

By Siranush Ghazanchyan