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Apple was fined 1.1 billion rubles in Russia. All because of the App Store

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) fined Apple 1.1 billion rubles. The reason was the American tech giant’s ban on posting links to alternative payment methods inside apps, bypassing the App Store. Now the company must pay the fine within two months.

The agency acknowledged that Apple violated antitrust laws by prohibiting iOS application developers from placing links to pay for purchases in their programs. The FAS ordered the company to allow indicating alternative payment methods back in August 2021, but Apple did not correct the violation within the allotted time, so in October the regulator was forced to open a case. Now the antimonopoly service has determined the size of the fine, it is 1,177,988,700 rubles (more than $17 million at the current exchange rate).

This is not the first time that the Russian Antimonopoly Service ordered Apple to pay such a fine. In April 2021, the company received a complaint from Kaspersky Lab over parental control applications. Kupertinovites were then fined almost a billion rubles for abusing their dominant position.

Source: Trash Box

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