“The iPhone is gone: either throw it away or give it to the children.” The words will have been pronounced at a meeting in the Kremlin, quoted by the Kommersant newspaper, and reveal that Russia For prohibit the government’s Apple devices, already with its eyes set on preparing for Vladimir Putin’s re-election to the presidency in 2024.
Senior Russian officials believe that iPhones are more “vulnerable to Western intelligence agencies” and that, being “more susceptible to espionage”, they should be removed from the hands of members of the Russian government because they can facilitate access to sensitive information. . The goal is to replace these cell phones with new, “safe” ones, and perhaps the Kremlin can do that by buying new devices.
According to the Russian newspaper, the decision was announced by Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia’s presidential administration, who, at a meeting of “officials involved in domestic politics”, will have given until April 1 for the rulers to stop using these devices.
Although the news was made public, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov ended up confronting it and did not confirm it. According to Reuters, he only said that “smartphones should not be used for official business” because “any smartphone has a very transparent mechanism, regardless of the operating system (Android or iOS) and naturally should not be used for official purposes.” .
The warning also extends to all Kremlin officials who will be involved in the 2024 presidential campaign and intend to re-elect Vladimir Putin.