• Sham referendums in Ukraine see Apple pull major Russian apps

    1 month ago - By 9to5Mac

    Update: Apple has now restored the apps, for unknown reasons - see update at end.
    The Russian government's decision to hold sham referendums in Ukraine has seen Apple pull a number of major apps in response to new sanctions.
    Popular Russian apps removed from the App Store worldwide include Mail.ru and Facebook competitor VK. The latter is one of the apps the Russian government previously required Apple to show to iPhone users in the country during the initial setup process...
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  • Apple Restores Russian Social Network VKontakte and Mail.ru to App Store

    Apple Restores Russian Social Network VKontakte and Mail.ru to App Store

    1 month ago - By Mac Rumors

    Apple has restored Russian social network VKontakte and webmail provider Mail.ru to the App Store , three weeks after removing them and other VK-owned apps in response to U.K. sanctions .
    The two services, which could be described as home-grown versions of Facebook and Gmail, were pulled following a package of sanctions enacted by the British government that affected tens of executives at Gazprombank, a Russian bank with links to VK. The sanctions were in response to sham referenda staged by Russian authorities in occupied areas of Ukraine.
    "These apps are being distributed by developers...
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