September 20, 2021

RUSSIA: Apple, Google drop Russian opposition app ahead of election.

Russia’s “Smart Voting” election app has been removed from the App Store and Google Play, in what an opposition spokesperson calls “political censorship.”

Following Russia’s demand that Apple and Google remove the tactical voting app, and then threats of fines, Apple and Google have dropped the “Smart Voting” app in the country.

The app, devised by imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was intended to boost candidates with the best chance of succeeding against incumbents. Apple and Google’s removal came just hours before election voting was due to begin.

I wonder what would happen if Putin were ever to allow an honest election.

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