Apple is expected to be fined by Russia for antitrust violations

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Antitrust regulators in Russia are planning to punish Apple for allegedly violating the country’s antitrust rules by arguing that the App Store is being used to control the iOS app industry.

After conducting an administrative inquiry, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) announced that it plans to punish Apple, which was announced Tuesday. The amount of the penalty has yet to be determined and is based on Apple’s annual revenue.

“Apple’s dominating position in the iOS distribution business” has been “abused,” according to a FAS statement viewed by Reuters. This includes assertions that Apple “prohibits iOS app developers from alerting customers inside the app about the possibility of paying for products outside the App Store or using alternative payment methods.”

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In April, Apple made an effort to stop the regulator from probing the App Store, but the attempt was rejected by the judicial system.

According to the Russian government’s accusation, Apple’s relations with the Dutch authorities over dating apps are comparable to past charges against Apple.

Russia isn’t just after Apple’s App Store, either. The corporation was fined $33,900 for allegedly violating rules requiring that local users’ iCloud data be retained on servers within the country. A class action lawsuit has also been filed against Apple because of the country’s ban on Apple Pay.

Other digital companies are being targeted by Russia for suspected rule-breaking, including Google, which was fined roughly $365 million on Monday for allowing YouTube to stream footage that was in violation of Russian legislation.

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