Google, Apple Unlists Navalny App as Russian Elections Start

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s team said that Google and Apple pulled out Navalny’s voting app from their stores on Friday, September 17, as the Russian elections commence.d

Russia’s state communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, warned the top tech giants that they could be fined if they made Navalny’s app available in their stores, which may indicate that they are interfering in Russian elections. 

Reuters reported that Navalny’s allies intended the mobile app to launch a strategy to upset United Russia. Navalny is President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest political rival. 

Russia said on Thursday that they have reached out to the two company’s chief executives. Google and Apple have yet to respond regarding the matter.

Meanwhile, Navalny ally Ivan Zhdanov said that removing the app online is a form of political censorship.

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