Apple Removes VPN Apps from Russian App Store Amid Government Pressure


Apple removed a number of virtual private network (VPN) apps in Russia from its App Store on July 4, 2024, following a request by Russia’s state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, Russian news media reported.

This includes the mobile apps of 25 VPN service providers, including ProtonVPN, Red Shield VPN, NordVPN and Le VPN, according to MediaZona. It’s worth noting that NordVPN previously shut down all its Russian servers in March 2019.

“Apple’s actions, motivated by a desire to retain revenue from the Russian market, actively support an authoritarian regime,” Red Shield VPN said in a statement. “This is not just reckless but a crime against civil society.”

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