Apple removed from the App Store apps working with startups Crimea

Apple has blocked the App store a few Russian applications, including the service “Ogorod” created by one of the start-UPS of the development Fund of Internet initiatives (FDII), the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to the

Apple has blocked the App store a few Russian applications, including the service “Ogorod” created by one of the start-UPS of the development Fund of Internet initiatives (FDII), the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to the founder and CEO of the company Dmitry Begovatova. The reason for blocking might be the work of the service in the Crimea.

The app “Ogorod” — the city guide with poster and forum for residents of Russia and the CIS. According to the interlocutor of the edition, Apple removed the app from the app Store on 6 October. In response to a request from Russian developer Apple announced that the may not Transact business with applications or developers associated with countries under a US embargo. Other details Apple suggested to find out from the U.S. Treasury.

U.S. Agency curled startup that Russia is not included in the list of countries under “comprehensive” sanctions. At the same time, the response indicated that the business independently assess the risks and may decide not to cooperate with the companies “with separate areas.” Begovatov believes that the position of the Apple is explained by the fact that 12% of the audience of the application have in Crimea and the self-proclaimed DND and LNR.

On a similar problem complained online service Tvil.ru providing services of reservation of accommodation. In the summer, its Russian developers have tried to download the app in the App Store, but was refused. The head of a startup Alexey Cherepakhin told the newspaper that about 30% of the bookings of the service takes place in the Crimea. In August, the newspaper wrote that Apple removed from the App Store a service for short-term tenancy “Daily.ru”, 20% of the bookings of which also occur in the Crimea.

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