Crimean residents left without American iCloud, Skype and Gmail




US President Barack Obama issued a decree prohibiting US companies to supply goods and provide services in the Crimea. Under the embargo falls and IT-sphere. But to deprive the inhabitants of the peninsula Skype, Gmail, Windows and other popular programs and services is unlikely to succeed, writes Rbc .


US President issued a decree imposed an almost total embargo on the Crimea. The consequences of this decision are clear: one of them may be blocking the peninsula services, such as Gmail, Skype or iCloud, closing access to the popular American software – Firefox, Google Chrome, Java. Experts stress that the embargo implies not only a ban on the supply to the Crimea American goods, including the iPhone and Mac, but also a ban on access Crimean residents to Internet services and widespread programs and applications – even if they are free.

“The fact that services like Gmail are free of charge, does not change anything,” – said the lawyer of Washington Bryan Cave Cliff Burns. According to him, it is “somewhat surprising” given that all other sanctions programs in the US, including Iran, allow exceptions in the form of free access to the civilian population of Internet services and communications applications. Technically Google and other companies will enforce the Crimean embargo, he does not know.

Now, by law, US companies are obliged to refuse access to all the above categories of services and software in the Crimea, if the user tries to download a product or to register. If the product is delivered to the Crimea to bypass sanctions and the manufacturer is aware of this, it may take measures to prevent the use of the product: for example, Apple can not give to activate the iPhone and iPad in the Crimea.

According to CEO “Oblakoteka” Maxim Zakharenko, prohibit install software on computers located in the Crimea is technically very difficult, but on the supply of software on the peninsula may be imposed administrative (non-technical) constraints. Online Service will try to block on IP-addresses, he says. Will not serve the users, as well as register new that as a residence themselves dictate the Crimea.

CEO Sergey Kravtsov 4talk sure that the blockade of the Crimea almost not affect neither the American nor the Russian IT-business: “It’s just a game muscles, nothing more.” In his view, software products, which imposed a ban on the territory of Crimea are not unique. For most of them there is the replacement of domestic production, such as the browser from “Yandex” or mail

“Crimea is neither a Russian” Silicon Valley “, or IT-capital of the world. There’s no high concentration of startups and scientific and technological institutions. And users have a variety of options lock bypass, such as VPN. Advanced audience configure a VPN for five minutes and go to the Russian neprodvinutye substitutes “- concludes Kravtsov.

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