Lithuania is concerned that the Russian Taxi Ride-Sharing App, Yandex, may be used for spying. Uber and Yandex merged in Russia early this year. Lithuanian government officials are warned not to use it pending further investigation.
“Lithuania: Russia’s UBER Could Be Used For Spying
November 19, 2018 2:52 AM
In the Baltic country of Lithuania, there’s growing debate over a Russian-owned taxi ride-sharing service that Lithuanian government officials warn could be spying on users through their smartphones. So, could an ‘app’ be the latest tool in Kremlin hybrid tactics, or has fear of all things Russian gone too far? From Vilnius, Charles Maynes reports.” https://www.voanews.com/a/4664440.html
“Uber’s Plan to Merge Russian Business With Yandex Approved By Ilya Khrennikov November 24, 2017 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-24/uber-s-plan-to-merge-russian-business-with-yandex-approved
“Uber, Yandex complete ride services merger Feb 7, 2018 · MOSCOW (Reuters) – Uber and Russia’s Yandex have completed a deal to combine their ride-sharing businesses in Russia and neighboring countries, Yandex said on Wednesday.”
There is or was an UBER connection to Russian tycoon Magomedov. Through Caspian Venture Capital fund Zyavudin Magomedov is or was invested in ride service Uber. He was arrested less than two months after Uber-Yandex merger.
“Russian tycoon Magomedov arrested on embezzlement charges
Posted:Sat, 31 Mar 2018 20:34:27 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities on Saturday arrested billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov on charges of embezzling more than $35 million, in one of the highest-profile prosecutions of a Russian tycoon in years. ” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/J4TBDaDARoY/russian-tycoon-magomedov-arrested-on-embezzlement-charges-idUSKBN1H70A2
He is apparently in jail until sometime this month: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziyavudin_Magomedov
Putin’s discipline? A shakedown?