Russian police charge a man with using the banned app Zello to incite extremism

14:39, 11 october 2017

Russian Federal Security Service agents have detained a Tajikistani man for inciting extremism using the walkie-talkie emulator Zello, which has been banned in Russia.

The suspect was originally detained on administrative charges, but he later confessed to creating a group chat on Zello, where he called for an arson attack — it’s still unclear against whom, but investigators reportedly believe his target was a religious group.

The Russian government blocked access to Zello in April 2017, after the service refused to comply with regulators’ demands that it register as an information-distribution organizer.