Ars Technica: Apple restores Navalny app to App Store
Apple has restored an app sponsored by Alexei Navalny, a prominent leader of Russia's political opposition, to the company's Russian app store. Apple took down the app last September, days before Russia's legislative elections, under pressure from the Russian government.
Ars's article tagline is "too little, too late", and yes, that much is true. I'm getting the sense Apple has changed its position on how it should operate App Stores in autocracies, or at least the ones where they don't make a good chunk of their money and nearly all of their products. Technology did not cause Russia's ills, nor will it cure them, but it can still make a difference for the Russian people.