In the middle of its Initial Coin Offering (ICO), Russian courts attempted to have social media platform Telegram turn over encryption keys for the application. When Telegram refused, citing customer privacy concerns, Russia ordered the company to be blocked in the country, but, as any dedicated entrepreneur would do, Telegram\u2019s founder Pavel Durov and the entire community found ways around the system, and many began protesting the court\u2019s action. Telegram fans began launching paper airplanes (the airplane is Telegram\u2019s logo) at the headquarters of Russia\u2019s security agency, the Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti (FSB). The airplane antics have resulted in several protestors being arrested, but this hasn\u2019t stopped the movement. Durov is now pushing for extended protests, requesting that protestors fly their airplanes at the FSB building en masse at a specific time. https:\/\/twitter.com\/APompliano\/status\/988104504460619776 The ordeal began on April 13, when a Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitri S. Peskov, argued for the necessity of the information, telling the court, \u201cThere is a certain legislation that demands certain data to be passed to certain services of the Russian Federation.\u201d The courts agreed and Judge Yulia Smolina ordered the ban, saying that it will remain until the FSB\u2019s demands are met. Durov said on his personal Telegram channel, \u201cFor 7 days Russia has been trying to ban Telegram on its territory \u2013 with no luck so far. I\u2019m thrilled we were able to survive under the most aggressive attempt of internet censorship in Russian history with almost 18 million IP addresses blocked.\u201d https:\/\/twitter.com\/durov\/status\/988062063368003584 In a separate post following the ban, Telegram explained, \u201cWe don\u2019t do deals with marketers, data miners or government agencies. Since the day we launched in August 2013 we haven\u2019t disclosed a single byte of our users\u2019 private data to third parties.\u201d This was followed by a post by Durov, who said, \u201cTo support internet freedoms in Russia and elsewhere I started giving out bitcoin grants to individuals and companies who run socks5 proxies and VPN. I am happy to donate millions of dollars this year to this cause, and hope that other people will follow. I called this Digital Resistance \u2013 a decentralized movement standing for digital freedoms and progress globally.\u201d About four days ago, protestors began targeting their airplanes for the FSB building. It didn\u2019t take long for police to show up, dispersing the crowd and making arrests. One of those arrested was Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot. Alyokhina and the other members of the all-girl band have found themselves in hot water with the police several times for controversial lyrics and inappropriate performances. She appeared before a judge, booked for \u201cblocking a public passageway\u201d and was released. This past Monday, Durov was on his Telegram channel, urging activists to support the cause. He posted, \u201cIf you live in Russia and support free internet, fly a paper plane from your window at 7 PM local time today. Please collect the airplanes in your neighborhood an hour later \u2013 remember, today is Earth Day. My thanks to all the members of the #Digitalresistance movement. Keep up your great work setting up socks5-proxies and VPNs and spreading them among your Russian friends and relatives. They will be needed as the country descends into an era of full-scale internet censorship.\u201d Telegram has become the main platform for cryptocurrency-related conversations, as well as, in some cases, transactions. Hopefully, there will be a resolution that is amicable to both sides in the near future.