FAS fined Apple 1.2 billion rubles

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) fined Apple almost 1.2 billion rubles ($17 million) for “abusing its dominant position” in the Russian market.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service claims that the American company imposed its Apple Pay payment system and prohibited the use of alternatives.

Apart from Apple required that developers remove links to their Internet resources. They also had to change the functionality of the service so that the registration form did not lead to external sites, otherwise the company would not allow the application to its store. To pay a fine Apple was given two months.

In July 2022, the FAS stated that the company does not allow developers to “inform in-app customers about the ability to pay for purchases outside of the App Store.” Service accused Apple of abuse and threatened her with a turnover fine after an administrative investigation. In accordance with Russian legislation, for legal entities it ranges from 1% to 15% of revenue.

In December, mobile operators complained that Apple did not allow their phones to be adapted to Russian communication networks. It was about support for VoLTE and VoWiFi functions on the devices of the iPhone 14 line.

Apple stopped operations in Russia in March due to the war in Ukraine. The supply of equipment was stopped, the Apple Pay service completely stopped working. The third-generation iPhone 14 and iPhone SE released since then are shipped to the country under a “parallel import” scheme, that is, without the permission of the copyright holder. In December, Apple decided to close its headquarters in Russia, located near the Kremlin.

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