Apple and Google Remove ‘Navalny’ Voting App in Russia

An app designed by Russian activists to coordinate protest voting in this weekend’s elections disappeared from the Google and Apple app stores in the country on Friday, a major blow to the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny and allies who hoped to subvert the commanding position of President Vladimir V. Putin’s governing party.

“Removing the Navalny app from stores is a shameful act of political censorship,” an aide to Mr. Navalny, Ivan Zhdanov, said on Twitter.

Russian authorities have been pressuring Apple and Google for weeks to remove the Navalny team’s voting app.


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