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Google and Apple accused Russian political leader of “censoring”



The movement of detained political leader Alexei Navalny has accused Google and Apple of yielding to the will of the Russian government, Vladimir Putin.

After Google and Apple removed from their stores this Friday (17) an app linked to political leader Alexei Navalny, who is being held in a high security chain, the leader’s actions accused the company of “censorship.”

In a post on Telegram, Navalny’s team stated that

“The entire Russian state and even large technology companies are opposed to us, but this does not mean that we are going to concede.”

Alexei Navalny has accused Google and Apple of yielding to the Russian government after the Kremlin accused two tech companies of meddling in Russia’s internal affairs.

The app, linked to political leader Alexei Navalny, was a service helping to record votes against President Vladimir Putin in parliamentary elections that began this Friday and will continue until tomorrow (Sunday).


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The disappearance of the app shortly after the vote began after authorities threatened to sue local company employees. The Kremlin is pressuring to take control of the internet in the country, where they have even publicly named who will be prosecuted.

In response, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the two tech companies only comply with Russian law. “This application is prohibited in our country“.

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As for Google and Apple, an unnamed source said Apple had withdrawn the app after “threats of detention” against its employees in Russia.

Hours later, Google announced that it had withdrawn the app due to “extreme coercion” by the Russian government.

According to a source close to the case, the companies “received serious threats of prosecution and imprisonment for local officials.”

Notably, Russia recently echoed warnings from tech companies refusing to remove content deemed illegal in the country, as well as from Navalny’s movement.

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At least 21 politicians who were already on the radar of Operation Lava-Yato are expected to remain on the political scene in 2023.



Eleven goals of Lava-Yato receive a parliamentary mandate. (Photo: Antonio Cruz/Agência Brasil)

At least 21 politicians who were already on the radar of Operation Lava Jato should remain in the political arena in 2023. Twelve of them were elected last Sunday to legislative and executive positions – 11 won seats in the Chamber of Deputies, while Gladson Kameli (PP) won the race for Acre’s government. Another seven remained as deputies, while six were not elected.

Esio Neves (PSDB-MG), Afonso Hamm (PP-RS), Aguinaldo Ribeiro (PP-PB), Artur Lira (PP-AL) – Acting President of the Chamber, Beto Richa (PSDB-PR) will be in the Chamber in 2023. , Joao Leao (PP-BA), Lindbergh Farias (PT-RJ), Luis Fernando Faria (PSD-MG), Mario Negromonte Jr. (PP-BA), Rosana Sarny (MDB-MA) and Vander Lube (PT-MS) .

Kaka Leao (PP-BA) and Romero Huca (MDB-RR), who were running for Senate seats, were not counted; Eduardo Cunha (PTB-SP) and Delcidio Amaral (PTB-MS), federal candidates; and Fernando Collor (PTB-AL) and Luis Carlos Heinze (PP-RS), who sued state governments. Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) runs in the second round of elections in Planalto.

On the other front, the executioners of these politicians had significant voices. Associated with União Brasil, former judge Sergio Moro, who led Lava Hato at first instance, was elected senator for Paraná with 1,953,188 votes, deposing Álvaro Díaz (Podemos).


Former federal prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol (Podemos) received 344,917 votes for a seat in the Chamber of Deputies. Former task force coordinator for Lava Jato in Curitiba, he has spoken to prominent political figures such as Glazi Hoffmann of the PT (elected with 261,247 votes), Ricardo Barros of the PP (107,022 votes) and Luisa Canziani of the PSD (74,643 votes). In an interview with Estadão on Monday, Dallagnol spoke of Lava Jato’s “rebirth” like a Phoenix.

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“The operation changed the course of the global political system and the system of competition in political disputes in Brazil,” says FGV professor Marco Antonio Carvalho Teixeira. However, for him, the election of so many candidates who passed investigations indicates that the political consequences of this “were left behind.”


According to Professor UniRio and Doctor of Political Science Fabio Kerche, “There are sections of society that regard Moro and Dallagnol as heroes.” He links the election of the two to the “withdrawal” of the operation, which began in 2014.

Kerche sees similarities between the developments of Lava Jato and Mãos Limpas that took place in Italy. “It was also possible to elect the prosecutors and justices of the peace who took part. They left “judicial politics” and moved on to “party politics”.