US tech giant Apple has paid a fine of 906 million rubles ($12.12 million) in a Russian antitrust case for abusing its dominance in the mobile app market, Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) said today on its Telegram channel.
Apple, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, rather “respectfully disagreed” with an FAS ruling that Apple’s distribution of apps through its iOS operating system gave its own products a competitive advantage.
The FAS found in August 2020 that Apple had abused its dominant position and subsequently issued a directive requiring Apple to remove provisions that give Apple the right to refuse third-party apps from the App Store.
The move followed a complaint from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, which said a new version of its Safe Kids application had been rejected by Apple’s operating system.
In a separate case in January, the FAS said it had fined Apple about $17.4 million for allegedly forcing Russian developers to use Apple’s payment services with the iOS App Store.
Apple halted all product sales in Russia a year ago after Moscow sent its military forces to Ukraine, and restricted its Apple Pay service in Russia.
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