Roskomnadzor, Russia’s DPA, has warned Apple and Google they could be fined if they do not delete an app developed by supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
The ‘Smart Voting’ app urges Russian voters to defeat President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party at the next parliamentary elections.
Roskomnadzor has reportedly told Apple and Google it must be removed from their app stores because Navalny’s group has been designated an extremist organisation by Russian authorities.
Meanwhile, Russia Today has reported Facebook, Telegram and Twitter face a fresh round of fines totalling RUB72m ($988,000, €832,000) from a Moscow court for refusing to delete illegal content. Court hearings are scheduled for 14 September.
Facebook is already facing a RUB40m fine, Telegram and Twitter RUB16m each, for the same violations.
Last month Russian authorities fined Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for failing to process Russian users’ private data exclusively within the country.