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Apple pays out nearly $13.7 million to Russia in anti-steering App Store lawsuit

Apple pays out $13.7 million to Russia over App Store lawsuit

Apple has paid Russia a fine of more than $13 million after the company was found guilty of anticompetitive practices regarding its App Store payment system.

The fine is a result of an October 2021 antitrust suit leveled against Apple. Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) accused the company blocking developers from connecting users to external payment options, also known as "steering."

According to Reuters, FAS announced that Apple had paid the fine on January 19. The funds totaling around 1.2 billion roubles — $13.65 million — have been transferred to Russia's federal budget.

Initially, Apple appealed for a judicial review days after removing its anti-steering provisions from the App Store rules.

In April 2022, the court dismissed Apple's case, giving the Russian FAS grounds to continue investigating Apple's App Store practices.