SIMFEROPOL, August 25 — RIA Novosti Crimea. Russian designer Artemy Lebedev has condemned the actions of Apple, which in 2015 on its dedicated website developer.apple.com has blocked accounts of all developers in the territory of the Crimea because of U.S. sanctions and the EU against the Peninsula, introduced in December 2014. He stated this in an interview with Youtube channel “And talk?”

“You have Crimea. And Western sanctions, saying: “And with them have not”. They are people not something second-class, they are not people, they can not do. Apple has banned all Crimean programmers (to work on its website — ed.), closed accounts, closed the money — all just in one day people were deprived of their business. Why? Because they were not lucky to be born in the Crimea. Is this normal?” — rhetorically said Lebedev.

In response to the objection the interviewer about the fact that Crimeans voted for reunification of the Crimea with Russia, the designer said: “Well, this is it (programmer — ed.) choice. Well, that, and if he voted, he would have left this business? He had to send his Ukrainian passport at Apple to say, “No, I didn’t choose Putin”?.. At what point? It would still be banned”.

During the conversation, the interviewer stated that in the circumstances the programmer from the Crimea “can move”. “It (programmer — ed.) have the right to choose citizenship, they have the right to choose the business. And in this case… re-elected leader (President of the United States — ed.) it deprives the source of income. And this, from my point of view, much more disgusting than other things that excite the liberal press”, — said Lebedev.

In January 2015, the company Apple on its dedicated website developer.apple.com has blocked accounts of all developers in the territory of the Crimea. Then a number of media with reference to the letter of the American Corporation reported that Apple notified developers of the Crimean that the user agreement with them terminated because of U.S. sanctions and the EU against the Crimea, introduced in December 2014.

In 2015, the design Studio of Artemiy Lebedev by order of the Republican authorities developed the logo of the Crimea. It does not have a specific color and painted in any shades. Also developed thematic backgrounds for the logo: landscape, sea, camouflage, sand, nature, beach and others. Logo created in Russian and English languages.

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