Head of FAS called ridiculous restrictions on the supply of Apple gadgets in the Crimea – even in the Soviet Union could not ban the import of




The head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia Igor Artemyev called ridiculous decision to ban Apple supply iPhone, iPad and Mac to the Crimea because of US sanctions, “Interfax” on Friday, January 30th.


“If the Soviet Union could not cope with the flow of products that somewhere not move, it’s ridiculous even to talk about it,” – said Artyom.

He noted that Apple’s decision does not prevent the iPhone and iPad get to the Crimea. “The case of Apple, this hot air. Well, come to the Crimea from Novorossiysk products from Apple. What’s so hard for? “- Said the head of the Antimonopoly Service.

In January, Apple sent a letter to its partners , which asked them to sign a notice of termination of work on the peninsula since February 1, 2015. The reason for this was the sanctions imposed by the US on 19 December. They prohibit US companies to export goods, services and technologies in Russia joined the Crimea.

Analysts have expressed the opinion that Apple’s products will still be sold on the peninsula, despite the ban on distributors. Russian retailers will resell gadgets intermediaries, and they, in turn, – the Crimean retailers. Such a scheme is legitimate, but substantially increases the final cost of production. iPhone, iPad, and Mac can grow in price by 10-20%.


Because of the sanctions on the termination of work in the Crimea announced as payment systems Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Google. People in the region are also disconnected from the online application stores the App Store and Google Play.

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