September 2, 2021 " TASS " and " Interfax " reported that Roskomnadzor once again demanded that Apple and Google remove the Navalny mobile app from the App Store and Google Play.The supervisory authority warned that the refusal of IT-companies to cooperate on this request will be regarded by the regulator as interference in the ongoing elections in the Russian Federation, and here just a million-dollar fines may not do the companies. For participation in the activities of extremist organizations there is criminal liability, according to art. 282.2 of the RF Criminal Code
"Roskomnadzor demanded that AppStore and Google Play stop distributing the app of an organization recognized as extremist and banned on the territory of the Russian Federation. The specified application is used for the continuation of activities and events by the organization "Anti-Corruption Foundation", recognized as extremist and banned in Russia. For the organization, as well as for participation in the activities of extremist and banned in Russia, there is criminal responsibility", – said in the message of the RCN.
The regulator specified that the corresponding appeals were sent to Apple Inc and Google LLC on the basis of the requirements of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia.
This is the second attempt by the RCN to remove an illegal mobile app from foreign app stores. This is the first time Roskomnadzor has demanded from Apple and Google to remove the Navalny app from the app stores on August 20. The U.S. IT companies did not comply with this request.
According to the explanation of Roskomnadzor, this application is used "to continue the activities and events of an extremist organization". As a reason, the agency cited "the requirement of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation on the need to restrict access to information resources related to the organization of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBC), in respect of which the Moscow City Court issued a decision to liquidate and ban activities on the grounds that it and its members were recognized as conducting extremist activities".