Kremlin hails decision by Apple, Google to delete opposition election app

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MOSCOW, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Friday welcomed a decision by Alphabet's Google and Apple to remove a banned anti-government tactical voting app from their stores on the first day of a Russian parliamentary election.

"This app is illegal in our country, both platforms were notified accordingly and seemingly made this decision in accordance with the letter of the law," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.

The app, devised by allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, gives people detailed recommendations on who to vote for in an effort to thwart the electoral chances of the ruling United Russia party which supports President Vladimir Putin.

Peskov said the Kremlin viewed the app negatively.

"These are totally provocative efforts, which are actually harmful to voters," he said. (Reporting by Dmitry Antonov; Writing by Alexander Marrow Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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