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US Tech Companies Bow to Russian Government

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image   Police officer wearing face mask stands on duty at the polling station on July 1, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Russia. © 2020 Alexander Koriakov/AP Images Apple and Google capitulated to Russian authorities last week when they removed access to the Navalny Smart Voting app on the eve of the weekend’s parliamentary election. The move helped undermine Russian voters’ ability to access information about their choice. For weeks, the Russian government pressured the companies to remove the app, which was built by associates of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny to help…


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