Google is getting caught up in Moscow’s battle to shut down Telegram.
Russia has started blocking some Google () services, accusing the search company of helping Telegram bypass a ban on its encrypted messaging service.
Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecommunication regulator, said Sunday that despite a court order Google has not complied with a request to prevent Telegram from using its IP addresses in order to continue operate.
The regulator said it has therefore added a number of Google owned IP-addresses to its register of banned internet services.
Users in Russia were reporting problems accessing Gmail and other services on Monday. A Google spokesperson said the company was aware of the reports and was investigating the situation.
A court in Moscow banned Telegram earlier this month after the company refused to provide encryption keys to the FSB, a Russian security agency. Last week, Roskomnadzor instructed Apple () and Google ( ) to remove Telegram from their app stores.
Pavel Durov, the Russian founder of the app, has vowed to fight the ban. He said the messaging service would use “built-in methods” to bypass the ban and redirect traffic, but cautioned it may not be available without a virtual private network, or VPN.