...you could say that any software vendor from the OS to applications and AV could be used in the same way.
I'm not so sure they protest too much. What is clear is that they've butted heads with the likes of the NSA (remember when they exposed the equation group, as documented here on el reg.
Nor am I convinced that just because they are in Russia, it's easier for the government there to put pressure or infiltrate them. Are we honestly to believe that the USA, UK etc wouldn't/won't/don't do the same kind of thing?
It's also worth noting that the Polish have a very low opinion of Russia (for very good reasons) so there's certainly an axe to grind there.
I guess like everyone else, I don't have the answers, just more questions, but I'm still on the fence with regards to them being any more dangerous (or less) than any other company.