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Russia to punish Apple for refusing to work in Crimea

The Russian State Duma sent an appeal to the Prosecutor General and the Bank of Russia to take measures against international companies that refused to work on the territory of the annexed peninsula.

Russia to punish Apple for refusing to work in Crimea

The State Duma of Russia wants to punish foreign companies for refusing to work in Crimea. Thus, Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov, the Russian parliamentarians from the Communist Party filed an appeal to the Prosecutor General and the Bank of Russia to take measures in relation to the international companies, which refused to work on the territory of the annexed Crimean peninsula.

"Following the introduction of economic sanctions against Russia that violate the fundamental principles of the WTO, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a decree blocking the property of certain persons and prohibiting the operations related to the "Ukrainian region of Crimea", which, in our opinion, is contrary to the current Russian legislation," reads the appeal of deputies addressed to the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika and Chairman of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina.

PayPal corporation received its "portion" of charges too – the Communists demanded to revoke its license to conduct banking operations in rubles and foreign currency.

Speaking of other companies, referring to the Article 426 of the Civil Code, the authors of the appeal note that they do not have the right to selectively deny the signing of public contracts.

It should be recalled that recently Apple forbade selling its products on the occupied peninsula. Apple sent out a message to its partners asking them to get acquainted with the decision to cease work in Crimea from February 1, 2015, according to the new sanctions against the peninsula. From that day on the company's partners can not sell Apple gadgets in Crimea and provide services related to branded products.