Crimea Internet insulation residents Peninsula bypass sanctions




On February 1, Apple, Google, HP, Dell and other IT-company rolled activity in the Crimea. What loopholes remained in the Crimean people?


High-tech companies reacted to the new batch of sanctions seriously. For a public company whose shares are listed on NASDAQ or NYSE, improper fulfillment of the requirements of the US government can turn sanctions against the company itself. Apple «pleased» Crimean developers blocking of accounts – to produce applications for the platform iOS, while in the Crimea is no longer possible. January 21 followed by a ban on imports of all “Apple” products, addressed to the company’s distributors and resellers. Crimeans later discovered the impossibility to download new applications via the App Store.

Google January 23 to deactivate accounts Crimean advertising service AdSense and AdWords. In addition, on January 29 in the Crimea became impossible to use the app store Google Play and update Chrome . Dell and HP have banned the import, sale and service of its products in the Crimea from 1 February. American Valve in December disconnected game service Steam.

Edition figure out how to restrictions imposed affect the daily life of Crimeans, and how these sanctions cost .


Information Security Specialist one of the banks said that most of the restrictions imposed by the online services, the residents of the Crimea is easy to bypass. “Large IT-companies do not want to” run up “uncomfortable questions from the authorities. But who among them will want to voluntarily cut from a whole market, even small? “. As explained by a security specialist to replace IP-address in order to disguise the true location is not difficult. Online services in most cases will turn a blind eye to such cases, even if they detect fraud. “Qualified” pros “can configure VPN-tunnel or TOR-connection in minutes. And there are many unskilled simple and accessible sites to anonymize traffic “- he explains.


However, in some cases, go beyond the limitations can never putting any tangible effort. For example, a Twitter user Anton Archers shared with your subscribers a simple way around the block to download applications in App Store.

“Change in the Russian Apple ID with Simferopol to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, all bred. Bobs and sold, “- writes the user Twitter.

Retail chains operating in the Crimea, also do not want to put up with the loss of earnings. For example, the president of the network DNS Dmitri Alexeev confirmed that his company received notice from HP to ban from 1 February sales and contacts with legal entities, registered in the Crimea. However, it is available to perform the network is not going to.

“If need be, DNS will deliver the products Apple, HP, Dell to the Russian peninsula of Crimea frogmen” – said Alekseev.

It is noteworthy that the pro-Ukrainian-minded entrepreneurs from the Crimea is also not going to abide by the restrictions imposed by Western IT-companies. “The reasons are clear sanctions. But what we are now – the world go? Neither retailers nor suppliers do not. So as soon as all legal entities will be re-registered in the Krasnodar region. This idea was planted in the Moscow office HP – they, too, have a sales plan. And with such a scheme not only agree to HP. And the products of those who do not agree, we will carry suitcases, as in the 90s. Demand creates supply, and sanctions will not stop him, “- says the manager of one of the Crimean appliance stores.

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