Russians file lawsuit after Apple Pay was pulled from country – Reuters

Apple is facing legal action from users in Russia suing the iPhone maker after it pulled Apple Pay support from five banks in Russia in February in response to economic sanctions imposed on the country as part of the ongoing violent invasion of Ukraine.

As reported by Sky News Users are seeking damages of 90 million rubles ($1.2) on Friday after claiming the service withdrawal reduced the value of their devices, with Chernyshov, Lukoyanov & Partners, the Russian law firm acting for consumers, claiming that Apple’s actions were unfair and discriminatory under the law of the land.

The Apple Post reported in February that five major Russian banks have had their international operations restrictedwith digital wallets such as Apple Pay and Google Pay now suspended for banking customers with VTB Group, Sovcombank, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank and Otkritie.

The company’s withdrawal of Apple Pay in Russia followed after the company has suspended Apple Store sales in the country and removed the Russian apps RT News and Sputnik News from the App Store outside of Russia.

“We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all those who suffer because of the violence,” Apple said at the time. “We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid to the unfolding refugee crisis and doing all we can to support our teams in the region.

The same law firm suing Apple is also suing streaming service Netflix for withdrawing its services in the country, and more lawsuits are expected to follow.


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