United States tech giants acted as accomplices of Russian President Vladimir Putin by removing anti-government tactical voting app from stores, jailed opposition leader alleges.
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny has accused Google and Apple of showing “cowardice” and acting as accomplices of Russian President Vladimir Putin by removing a voting app before a parliamentary election last week, according to messages posted on the social media accounts.
Navalny’s supporters earlier accused the United States-based tech giants of caving in to Kremlin pressure by removing the anti-government tactical voting app from their stores at the start of three days of parliamentary voting, which ended on Sunday. Devised by allies of Navalny, the app gave people detailed recommendations on who to vote for in an effort to thwart the ruling, pro-Kremlin United Russia party.
Navalny, who is in prison, has added his criticism, according to comments carried by his social media accounts on Thursday.
“The giants Apple @Apple and Google @Google have complied with the Kremlin’s demands and removed our app from their stores. My beloved YouTube has deleted our video, and the Telegram messenger has blocked our bot,” Navalny said in a post relayed through his lawyers.
“I know that most of those who work at Google, Apple, etc. are honest and good people. I urge them not to put up with the cowardice of their bosses,” he said.
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