Apple and Google removed an application for Russia’s opposition party from their online stores on Friday, just hours before the country’s voters headed to the polls.
The “Navalny” app, created by associates of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, aimed to help voters determine which candidates in the country’s 225 electoral districts were most likely to defeat those affiliated with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party.
“We want as many non-Kremlin-approved politicians as possible to end up in Parliaments, including regional ones,” co-creator Ruslan Shaveddinov said in an interview last month. “This, at any rate, creates turbulence in the system, which is very, very important to us.”
The two tech companies foiled the plan