Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service fined Apple $ 12 million for allegedly abusing its dominance in the mobile apps market.

Russia fined Apple for abusing its mobile app store’s dominance in the market. The Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) said in a statement that US tech giant Apple’s app distribution through its iOS operating system gives its products a competitive advantage.

Monopolization penalty on Apple
Following a complaint by the company after Russia-based cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab removed SafeKids from the App Store, FAS determined in August 2020 that Apple was abusing its dominant position.

After the lawsuit, it issued a directive requiring the technology giant to remove the provisions giving the right to refuse third-party applications in the App Store.

The FAS, which concluded the lawsuit, issued a statement that sentenced Apple to a fine of 906.3 million rubles (approximately $ 12.1 million) for alleged violations of Russia’s anti-monopoly legislation.

In response to the fine, Apple said it disagreed with the regulator’s decision and would appeal.

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