Russian court rejects Apple's App Store antitrust appeal

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Despite the company's appeal, a Russian court has upheld a $12 million fine against Apple for alleged in-app payment App Store dominance abuse.




A Russian court has rejected Apple's appeal against a 1.2 billion rouble ($12 million) fine imposed in January for alleged abuse of its dominant market position in in-app payments. The fine was originally imposed by Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), which claimed that Apple had violated competition rules by compelling Russian developers to use its payment services within the iOS App Store.

Apple faced the threat of an antitrust suit as it was accused of blocking developers from connecting users to external payment options, also known as "steering." The company was ordered to comply with the request by September 2021, and Russia filed a lawsuit in October.

Apple appealed for a judicial review days after removing its anti-steering provisions from the App Store rules.

In April 2022, the court dismissed Apple's case, giving the Russian FAS grounds to continue to investigate Apple's App Store practices.

As Reuters points out,, the fine's value in dollars has decreased due to the depreciation of the rouble since January, now amounting to more than $5 million less.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    Why would anyone want to do business in Russia today? Leave them twisting in the wind and they can use their glorious AYYA T1 phone.
    12StrangersStrangeDaystmayMystakillwatto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 2 of 7
    mayflymayfly Posts: 385member
    The more the Russian government tries to damage Apple, the more Russian citizens will want iPhones. And need them, given the Putin dictatorship's suppression of civil rights. Fire up those iPhones, use those VPNs, free Navalny. MOSCOW SPRING!
    chasmWavelan_312watto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 3 of 7
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 12,663member
    Yeah buddy (Putin), we'll get right on paying attention to your kangaroo court and paying a fine once you stop invading your sovereign nations neighbors. Next.
    edited October 3 Mystakillwatto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 4 of 7
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,711member
    If I were Apple, I'd just give Russia the big FU and completely pull out everything and just not pay the fine. Fuck em!
    JapheymayflyMystakillwatto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 5 of 7
    mayfly said:
    The more the Russian government tries to damage Apple, the more Russian citizens will want iPhones. And need them, given the Putin dictatorship's suppression of civil rights. Fire up those iPhones, use those VPNs, free Navalny. MOSCOW SPRING!
    Russia has just tried to ban VPN's again. This is an ongoing battle with the FSB/KGB that goes back to when Putin first became the 'Dear Leader'. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 7

    Russian kangaroo court rejects Apple's App Store antitrust appeal

    Fixed that for ya.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 7
    mayflymayfly Posts: 385member
    mayfly said:
    The more the Russian government tries to damage Apple, the more Russian citizens will want iPhones. And need them, given the Putin dictatorship's suppression of civil rights. Fire up those iPhones, use those VPNs, free Navalny. MOSCOW SPRING!
    Russia has just tried to ban VPN's again. This is an ongoing battle with the FSB/KGB that goes back to when Putin first became the 'Dear Leader'. 
    "Tried" is the operative word there. VPN's can be hosted anywhere if you know how to set up a proxy server or 10. Probably easier to just move to Poland.
    watto_cobra
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