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Russia’s App Store and iTunes sales have reportedly been ‘turned off’


According to, Russians using Apple devices will no longer be allowed to make purchases from the iTunes and App Stores, preventing customers from purchasing applications, movies, or other Apple services.

App Store and iTunes Store accounts may no longer be funded using regional bank cards issued by Russian banks like as Alfa-Bank, Sber, and Tinkoff, according to a Russian-based website.

Apple ID balances may be replenished with the purchase of Apple gift cards under regular conditions., on the other hand, reports that customers are also encountering difficulties with this kind of fundraising.


Apple, Russian banks, or the Russian government may be to blame for the problem. However, if this is true, consumers in Russia would seem to be unable to make purchases in the App Store or iTunes Store as of right now.

According to the latest developments, the Google Play Store has turned off billing in Russia, as well as the Apple App Store’s prohibition on Apple Search Ads in the Russian App Store.

Some large Russian banks are also said to be unable to utilise Apple Pay, which has caused lengthy lineups at commuter train systems where Apple Pay is used to pay fares. After the United States imposed sanctions on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine in February, Apple made its own actions.


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