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Apple takes Russia to court over App Store ruling

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US technology giant Apple has brought legal action against Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) in an effort to challenge the request to “stop abuse in the market” submitted by that body earlier this year.

Apple is seeking judicial review of the warning, which forces iPhone manufacturers to allow app developers to tell customers about other payment options when using its App Store platform.

The warning, delivered by the government body in August, gave Apple a September 30 deadline to resolve the issue. Back then, the regulator warned that the Cupertino-based multinational could face a fine that would be calculated based on its revenue in Russia.

In October, the country’s anti-trust watchdog launched proceedings against the company for non-compliance with the request.

The case arose after users of iOS devices, along with developers, had notified the regulator with a complaint that it was sometimes cheaper to buy a product on the seller’s website rather than on Apple’s platform.

The difference in price is attributed to the commission of up to 30% that Apple takes from each payment on App Store. At the same time, app developers are banned from informing users about alternative methods of payment. They are also not allowed to offer links to the developer’s site, service and registration form, where there would be a transition to the website.

Earlier this year, FAS imposed a fine of 12 million U.S. dollars (906 million rubles) on Apple for violating competition principles because the company imposed restrictions on the parental control app Kaspersky Safe Kids. The American company filed a lawsuit against punishment.

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