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Apple and Google remove anti-Putin voting app on day of Russia election

An aide to the jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said the tactical voting tool was removed on Friday, as Russia's three-day parliamentary election begins.

9/17/2021 1:36:00 PM

An aide to the jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said the tactical voting tool was removed on Friday, as Russia 's three-day parliamentary election begins.

An aide to the jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said the tactical voting tool was removed on Friday, as Russia 's three-day parliamentary election begins.

The software had raised the ire of the authorities, who accused the tech giants of meddling in internal Russian affairs and pointed to its link to FBK.A Navalny ally, Leonid Volkov, wrote on encrypted messaging app Telegram that the voting tool had been removed on Friday morning after the tech giants had"caved in to the Kremlin's blackmail." He added:"This shameful day will remain in history for a long time."

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Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny pictured at a rally in July 2020. His organization FBK has been outlawed as"extremist."MAXIM ZMEYEV/GettyIndependent Russian media outlets have also reported the removal of the app. Meduza said it remained available to users outside Russia. However, according to

The Moscow Times, some users in the country have reported that they can still access the software.Apple has also disabled its Private Relay feature, which hides a user's IP address, in Russia, reported internet monitors.NewsweekApplefor comment.Other Navalny allies expressed their anger at the reports. FBK director Ivan Zhdanov tweeted:"Removing the Navalny app from stores is a shameful act of political censorship. Russia's authoritarian government and propaganda will be thrilled." headtopics.com

He later tweeted a statement that appeared to show the formal grounds for the decision to remove the app. According to the statement, the app"violates the legislation of the Russian Federation by enabling interference in elections."Navalny's press secretary Kira Yarmysh tweeted that the decision was a"huge disappointment," adding:"This is an act of political censorship and it can't be justified."

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