Russia Threatens Apple and Google Over Alexei Navalny App

MOSCOW—Russia’s state censor threatened to fantastic Apple Inc. and Google and accuse them of interfering in elections if they really don’t get rid of an app produced by supporters of jailed opposition chief Alexei Navalny, in what critics say is the most current try to stifle criticism ahead of a parliamentary vote following month.

The communications regulator Roskomnadzor mentioned Thursday the app enabled Mr. Navalny’s supporters to continue on their strategies soon after his Anti-Corruption Basis was selected an extremist organization, banning it from operating in Russia. In August it ordered the tech giants to halt distributing the app on their retailers, and mentioned their failure to get rid of it could be considered as interference in Russian elections, describing it as “a violation of Russian law.”