Apple and Google removed “Smart Voting” app from their mobile app Russian stores after local companies received threats on specific employees.

Yesterday, Apple also turned off iCloud Private Relay feature in Russia, possibly, due to government’s demands.

This might result in further business model changes in Russia for both vendors.

Reference: Apple blackmailed into removing Russian tactical voting app Navalny, Apple, Google drop Russian opposition app ahead of election, Apple Seemingly Adds Russia to List of Countries Where iCloud Private Relay Won’t Be Available

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