Russia targets Apple’s anti-steering provisions. Комментарий Виталия Дианова, партнера антимонопольной практики для Global Competition Review


Apple has one month to remove allegedly anticompetitive clauses from contracts with application developers in Russia to avoid a full-scale investigation by the country’s antitrust enforcer.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service yesterday issued a warning that Apple was abusing its dominance by preventing app developers from directing users away from its in-app payment system and towards potentially cheaper ways to pay for products and features embedded in their apps. <…>

Vitaly Dianov, a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Moscow, said yesterday’s warning “is just the beginning of a potentially long story”.

If Apple follows the warning voluntarily, the FAS will not open a case against it. But if the company does not comply, the enforcer is legally obliged to open a case, he noted.

Dianov said it is difficult to speculate how Apple’s restrictions affect iOS users in Russia and how they are impacted by the US settlement. “It will be a home task for Apple and its lawyers to persuade the FAS that its measures should be regarded as an execution of the warning,” he said.

Apple could also choose to contest the warning before a court, which – if successful – could also influence the agency’s investigation, Dianov added.




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