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14 Sep 2021

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Russian authorities pressure Apple over 'dominant market position' while trying to strengthen control over apps and the internet

Russia Warns Apple Over 'Abuse' Of Dominant Position In Market, 30 August 2021

Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) has warned Apple over what it called the U.S. technology giant's "abuse of its dominant position" in the distribution of apps...

In April, the FAS fined Apple $12 million for its "dominant market position" by giving preference to its own applications.

The same month, Moscow enforced controversial legislation demanding that smartphones, tablets, and computers sold in the country come with preinstalled domestic software and apps in what was described by the authorities as an effort to promote Russia's tech companies.

However, critics say the measure, which requires all devices with Internet access sold in the country to have preinstalled approved software produced by Russian companies, is the latest attempt to tighten state control over the Internet.

Western technology firms have been facing increasing scrutiny in Russia in recent months under the pretext of fighting extremism and protecting minors...