Apple removes Russian social network VKontakte from App Store


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Apple has removed the largest Russian social network VKontakte from the App Store. V.K, the parent company of the social network. The app will still work on phones with VKontakte already installed. The company says there may be issues with notifications or payments.

The far-reaching move follows economic sanctions against Russia imposed by the United Kingdom, Apple confirms to NOS. One or more owners of the parent company are on the UK sanctions list. As a result of the bans, the apps cannot be downloaded from any app store around the world, the company said. Also, the developer accounts associated with the app were removed.

Which parties are not clear

Apple did not say which owners were involved. It is not known why this action is being taken now. The UK ban list is regularly updated, most recently last Monday.

That update may be the reason for this action. It also raises the question of whether Google is taking the same step with its download store, the Play Store.

In VK, VKontakte’s Russian parent company is controlled by MFT with three Russian shareholders. This company is not on the UK sanctions list. VK CEO Vladimir Krijenko has been on the list since March.

Russia demands report from Apple Communications watchdog Rozkomnadzor says the company is biased against the decision. In addition, it is a violation of the right of Russian citizens to free information and communication.

And other applications

Apple and Google have yet to respond to NOS’ questions.

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