What Apple said about doing business in Russia

"We join all those around the world who are calling for peace."

From a statement emailed to the press (lightly reformatted):

We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence. We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis, and doing all we can to support our teams in the region.

We have taken a number of actions in response to the invasion.

    • We have paused all product sales in Russia. Last week, we stopped all exports into our sales channel in the country.
    • Apple Pay and other services have been limited.
    • RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia.
    • And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens.

We will continue to evaluate the situation and are in communication with the relevant governments on the actions we are taking.

We join all those around the world who are calling for peace.

My take: This good, as far as it goes. Airbnb -- whose pockets are a lot less deep than Apple's -- has offered free lodging to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

See also: How long will Apple keep doing business in Russia?  (posted a week ago)

9 Comments

  1. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    Good to see Apple take measured and public steps in pursuit of peace. By and large the people of Russia are not responsible for the rash and violent actions of the nation’s non-democratic and autocratic leader. Though no where near the scale of the suffering people in the Ukraine now directly in harm’s way, the people in Russia are increasingly becoming victims of Mr. Putin’s abusive and violent misuse of power.

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    March 1, 2022
  2. Rodney Avilla said:
    How does AirBnB offer free lodging? I wasn’t aware they owned lodging to give.

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    March 2, 2022
  3. Rodney Avilla said:
    I am glad Apple is taking these steps. Definitely. In regards to deep pockets, I don’t see that it’s Apple’s responsibility to help finance a war against Russia.

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    March 2, 2022
  4. Airbus and Boeing are no longer providing parts and support in Russia. As each firm learns how Rossiya sanctions apply to their activity some stockholders must also assess how sanctions might impact Earnings.
    Sales in Europe may decline after they get their heating bills or go to the gas station. The impact of Russia’s actions and the world’s reactions will be felt at the pump or charging station in India and China too.
    The Swiss, Finns and Swedes ditching neutrality was unusual. There are massive warehouses in Switzerland where art and other collectibles are stored. Think Renoir. An oligarch or two must be contemplating the loss of those valuables.

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    March 2, 2022
    • David Emery said:
      According to Aeroflot’s website, they have 8 aircraft that are not Boeing/Airbus (those are short haul ‘express’ aircraft.) Aeroflot has a quite modern fleet.

      It’s not clear if the Swiss sanctions extend to individuals, or stop with Russian government accounts.

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      March 2, 2022

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