Technological isolation: what to replace departed from the Crimea services




Apple, Google, Amazon, PayPal and several other US companies said that cease to exist in Crimea. The reason was economic sanctions against Russia announced by the US government, which prohibit the export or supply of services on the peninsula.


Edition Gazeta proposed list of alternative services that can replace departed from the peninsula of the company.


In the official iOS app store one – App Store, and it was closed for the Crimeans. Users can not download games and applications, including free, since loading the software is considered exports, which is prohibited under the sanctions. However, there is an unofficial application directory Cydia, which can be installed on jailbroken device.


In addition, users have found a way out : it is necessary to change the region or to take advantage of the American version of the online catalog that allows you to download applications.

If we consider Apple as a source of digital content, then it can be replaced in the case of movies – Services,, and other online movie theaters, and in the case of music – service “Yandex” with the straightforward title ” Yandeks.Muzyka. ” Books you can buy in the relevant services such as “LitRes”.

Sales of iPhone, iPad and Mac also were banned in the Crimea , but buyers do not feel: they can be easily purchased in other regions of Russia. In particular, in the Crimea working mostly small retailers, who now switched to buying products from companies from Krasnodar and Rostov-on-Don.


Care services Google has also become a major blow to the Crimea . The most notable loss for users – the app store Google Play. The alternative could be called a different directory Yandex.Store, which is freely downloadable from the browser.


In addition, some manufacturers have their own app stores, the customers that have already pre-installed in the device. For example, all smartphones and tablets can be found Samsung Samsung Apps.

Google AdSense advertising services can also replace its Russian competitors. The main services for the sale of contextual advertising in our country – “Yandex” and “Runner” from the “Rambler”.


On Friday, the largest US online retailer Amazon has warned its customers in the Crimea on the need to remove user accounts within a week. Members received a letter stating that if accounts are not removed voluntarily, the company will remove them forcibly.

“Your account has registered AWS billing address in the region of Crimea. Due to the economic sanctions, recently announced by the United States that prohibit the export or supply of services in the Crimea, you must delete all resources from AWS and AWS cancel your account at 12 am Pacific Time on Friday, February 13, 2015 “, – the letter said.


A full-fledged alternative to Amazon’s quite difficult to find. AWS cloud is a whole set of Web services for data storage and processing. An alternative may be the service Rackspace, CloudStack, Google App Engine.

oDesk and Elance

Elance and oDesk – two major exchanges for freelancers who also ceased to provide services to residents of the Crimea. You can replace them with such Russian services as and In total, these systems were more than 1 million customers and performers.


The best-known in the Western world as the payment system was disabled on the peninsula. To circumvent sanctions, residents of the Crimea began to make credit cards in Russian cities outside the country, and tie them to the popular American payment system. PayPal can partially replace the two Russian service – “Yandex” and Qiwi Wallet. And Qiwi able to serve as Visa and MasterCard, as this service allows you to create a virtual bank card and pay for goods on the Internet in the same way as a regular card.


Go Daddy

Stopped work in the Crimea and the world’s largest domain name registrar Go Daddy. Peninsula residents who use its services, received a letter of termination of cooperation. Unlike Google, which informed its customers about the impossibility of the Crimean return fee for their services, GoDaddy promises automatic return of an advance payment for all unused products.

Now register a domain name, not only in the area of ​​RU / Russia, but also in the areas of COM, ORG, NET, BIZ, INFO, you can have Russian-accredited registrars in the Coordination Center for TLD RU and the company RU-CENTER.


HP and Dell

HP and Dell, one of the five largest producers in the world of laptops, Russian partners banned from 1 February to deliver their devices in the Crimea. Alternatively Crimean PC users can select laptops and desktops three other companies of the “big five”. This Taiwanese ASUS and Acer, and Chinese Lenovo, which in the notebook market is the fifth, fourth and first in the world, respectively.


See also:

Crimea Internet insulation residents Peninsula bypass sanctions
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