The Russian administration has banned government employees from using iPhones. It was reported that the decision, which came due to security concerns, was taken within the scope of preparations for the presidential elections to be held in 2024.
Russia, which has been at war with Ukraine for over a year, has taken an important decision regarding Apple’s iPhone phones. According to Reuters, management government employees using iPhones banned. This decision came ahead of the presidential elections to be held in 2024.
According to the information based on the news of Russia-based Kommerstant, the ban decision, All officials who will be involved in the elections in 2024 will apply to These people also April 1, 2023 Will need to replace their phones by day one.
The decision is said to have been made due to concerns that the devices are vulnerable to intelligence.
At a meeting for officials involved in local politics, Sergei Kiriyenko, the Executive Vice President of the Russian Presidency, instructed the authorities to change their phones by the beginning of the month. Based on unnamed sources, the report states that Kiriyenko’s “It’s all over for iPhones. Either throw it away or give it to the kids” It was stated that he used the expressions.
Kommerstant added that the Kremlin could provide different devices with different operating systems to the authorities to replace iPhones. The reason for the ban is that these devices vulnerable to western intelligence agencies It was reported that he came because of concerns about the
On the other hand, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not make a statement confirming the ban, but told reporters that smartphones have transparent mechanisms, so they should not be used for official purposes.
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Apple has not yet received any information regarding this decision. The technology giant decided to stop its sales in the country after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year.