Russia Fines Apple $12 Million for ‘Restricting Competition’


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Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Agency (FAS) fined Apple Inc., one of the world’s largest technology firms, $12 million. Apple will appeal the decision as part of a lawsuit to restrict competition in the app market on AppStore.

In November 2019, Kaspersky Lab’s lawsuit against Kaspersky Lab, stating that Kaspersky safe kids versions were unfairly rejected by Apple, was finally completed. Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Agency (FAS) acknowledged that Apple was restricting competition in the app distribution market, requiring foreign developers to remove their provisions from company documents that gave them the right to reject their apps.

FAS was committed to this, finding Kaspersky Lab’s complaint in place and condemning Apple to pay $12 million. Under normal circumstances, Apple must pay this money by November 2021.

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Apple is abusing its position in the mobile market, according to Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Agency. The monopoly in the mobile application in the iOS operating system subjects its interests and arbitrary evaluations. Apple’s litigation with Epic Games was exemplified by the case in Russia.

Many lawsuits allegedly stemming from arbitrary practices by American tech giant Apple are still pending conclusions. At the end of July last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook was forced to make a plea before the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel. Due to this situation, which is considered a crime under Russia’s antitrust laws, Apple decided to go to court. Apple, which currently has to pay $12 million by November because of the lawsuit under appeal, has reportedly postponed the payment.

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