Apple Fined $12 Million by Russia

Apple said it "respectfully disagreed" with the ruling and that it would appeal it.

The FAS said in a statement it had imposed a turnover fine on Apple of RUB 906.3 million for the alleged violation of Russian anti-monopoly legislation.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) said on Tuesday that US tech giant Apple's distribution of apps through its iOS operating system gave its own products a competitive advantage.

It determined in August 2020 that Apple had abused its dominant position and then issued a directive requiring the US company to remove provisions giving it the right to reject third-party apps from its App Store.

That move followed a complaint from cyber-security company Kaspersky Lab, which had said that a new version of its Safe Kids application had been declined by Apple's operating system.

"We worked with Kaspersky to get their app in compliance with rules that were put in place to protect children," Apple said in a statement.

Apple said it "respectfully disagreed" with the FAS ruling and that it would appeal it.

Western tech companies have come under increasing pressure in Russia in recent months, with social network Twitter punitively slowed down over a failure to delete content which Roskomnadzor says is illegal.