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Apple takes VPN apps down from the Russian App Store

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According to Russian news outlets, in response to the Russian government's orders, Apple removed numerous virtual private network (VPN) apps from the App Store in Russia on July 4, 2024.

According to MediaZona, this includes the mobile apps of 25 VPN service providers, including reputable names like ProtonVPN, Red Shield VPN, NordVPN, and Le VPN. It's important to remember that in March 2019, NordVPN closed all of its Russian servers.

Apple intentionally supported an authoritarian dictatorship in order to continue profiting from the Russian market, according to a statement released by Red Shield VPN. The business went on to say that this was a crime against civil society in addition to being careless.

Le VPN stated that its app was removed in compliance with Russian law.

Russia's "Unified Register" of forbidden internet content now includes VPN services.

The statement says that this development was a big step for Roskomnadzor in its efforts to regulate internet content and access in Russia.

Le VPN has introduced a new service called Le VPN Give in response to the global crackdown. This service allows you to access their secret servers through obfuscated VPN connections and third-party open-source software.

The Kremlin has implemented several acts of censorship since the start of the Russo-Ukrainian War in February 2022. These actions have led to the blocking of several media channels and social media applications, including Facebook, Instagram, and X.

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