Its people safely out of Russia, Apple okays anti-Putin app

From Joseph Menn and Greg Miller's "Apple restores opposition app to its App Store in Russia" posted Wednesday by the Washington Post:

Apple has resumed allowing Russians to download an app run by supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after criticism that it was acceding to unreasonable government demands for censorship.

As reported by The Washington Post last month, law enforcement agents had repeatedly threatened the top Apple and Google officials in Russia with arrest in September unless they removed Navalny’s “Smart Voting” app, which included more than a thousand endorsements of candidates for seats in Russia’s legislature...

The reversal comes amid escalating tensions between Russia and outside companies, many of which have withdrawn from the market or curtailed activities there since Russia invaded Ukraine. But civil liberties groups and American officials are pushing the other way, arguing that Apple and other tech companies provide ordinary Russians with the means to find independent news sources and to connect to activists and nonprofit organizations opposed to the war in Ukraine.

My take: Too late to make a difference for this war, but OK.

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  1. John Konopka said:
    We don’t know the details of what happened behind the scenes. If Apple (or other companies) needed a month or so to get their people out of harms way that is not a bad thing. This war may go on for years.

    April 7, 2022
  2. Fred Stein said:
    The real war has barely started; The war to liberate the minds of the Russian people.

    Sadly, Putin seems to know how to fight against this war.

    April 7, 2022
  3. Tom Farris said:
    Likely if it wasn’t Putin it would have been someone else. For a good read on the Russian love affair with totalitarians historically, read “The Russia Challenge and the Year 2000”, published in 1987. He wasn’t far off the mark as Putin’s first Presidency began in 2000.

    April 8, 2022
    • Tom Farris said:
      “The Russian Challenge and the Year 2000” (spelling err)

      April 8, 2022

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