The Russian president with experience in the KGB used the FSB security service to put pressure on foreign companies
BIt was easy to criticize Apple and Google for not responding quickly and forcefully to Putin’s aggression. It is now clear why both Google and Apple are taking cautious action in response to US sanctions against Russia. An event last September, when the two companies blocked access to the app of Alexei Navalny, who was supposed to coordinate protest votes in the Russian parliamentary elections, gave them a strong reason.
The app was removed within hours after Russian State Security agents reached out to the CEO of Google in his private Moscow apartment with an ultimatum: the app would disappear within 24 hours or the manager would go to jail.
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