Russia

Apple Restores ‘Smart Voting’ App Despite Russian Opposition

Apple has restored the opposition-created 'Smart Voting' app to its App Store despite Russia declaring it illegal — reports 9to5Mac. The Smart Voting app was created by jailed opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny to coordinate a strategic voting movement against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Under pressure from the Russian government, after it passed...

Intel Suspends All Business Operations in Russia

A month after halting all chips sales to the country, Intel is now suspending all business operations in Russia. Days after Russian troops marched into Ukraine and the conflict began, the chipmaker said it was complying with applicable export regulations and sanctions against the country — though US sanctions only initially pertained to the supply of...

Nokia Played Key Role in Enabling Russia’s Cyberspying, Says NYT

A new report claims that Nokia helped — perhaps unintentionally — the Russian government track internet, phones, and texts. After Nokia stopped selling its gear to Russia and denounced the invasion of Ukraine, the company nonetheless left behind equipment and software connecting the government's most powerful tool for digital surveillance to the nation's largest telecommunications...

1Password Halts New Account Creation, Renewals in Russia

In response to the growing number of companies removing their services from Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, 1Password is halting new account creation in Russia. In addition to preventing new accounts from being created in Russia, 1Password is also halting renewal payments for existing customers in the region. In a blog post on Tuesday,...

Samsung Halts Product Shipments to Russia in Response to Ukraine Invasion

Samsung Electronics Co. has stopped shipments of everything from consumer electronics like smartphones and TVs to chips to Russia in light of the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine — reports Bloomberg. The Suwon, South Korea-based tech giant leads smartphone sales in Russia with a market share that’s slightly above 30%. Russia accounts for about 4% of...

Russia Blocks Twitter and Facebook; CBC Suspends Reporting Over ‘Fake’ News Law

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the state has now blocked Twitter and Facebook, reports BuzzFeed News, as the Russian Federation continues to control media and free flow of information in the state. According to Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, it says Facebook has been blocked as of Friday. Its reason for the ruling was due to the...

Microsoft to Suspend New Sales of Products and Services in Russia

Microsoft will suspend all new sales of its products and services in Russia due to the country's attacks on Ukraine. Microsoft is joining the chorus of companies that have stopped offering their products in Russia following the county's invasion of Ukraine. Microsoft President Brad Smith announced the news today and spoke on behalf of the company...

Apple Stops Product Sales in Russia, Responds to Ukraine Invasion

After those wondering when Apple would respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the iPhone maker finally announced actions it would take on Tuesday. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple says it will now: Stop all product sales in Russia Stop exports to Russia sales channels Removing RT News and Sputnik News from App Stores outside...

Apple Pay, Google Pay Stop Working on Moscow’s Metro System

As the U.S. and its allies continue to impose crippling economic sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, experts believe things will only get worse in the days and weeks ahead for ordinary people, CBS News is reporting. https://twitter.com/jason_corcoran/status/1498343208094478354?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Russia's central bank is struggling to support the country's currency, the ruble, which fell about...

Will Apple Join the List of Companies Sanctioning Russian Federation?

With Ukraine Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov urging Apple to stop offering products and services in Russia, the question is whether the Cupertino tech giant will join the list of companies exiting the Russian Federation (via Computer World). Apple has very loyal customers in Russia and the company’s business in the region has grown significantly in...