Russia has fined Apple Inc. $12.1 million ($337 million) for “abusing” its dominant market position in favor of its own apps, government regulators said today.
AFP reports that the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Agency issued a statement saying, “The investigation found that Apple abused its dominant position in the iOS distribution market through a series of successive actions to gain a competitive advantage for its own products.
The statement noted that the Federal Anti-Monopoly Agency ruled in favor of Kaspersky Lab, an Internet security company, and fined Apple more than 900 million rubles (ruble) after the company filed a complaint against Apple.
U.S. technology giant Apple will appeal the decision and told RIA Novosti today that the company “respects the Federal Anti-Occupation Service of the Russian Federation, but does not agree with the decision.
Russia earlier this month began enforcing a new law that requires smartphones, tablets and computers sold in Russia to be pre-installed with Russian software and applications.
The controversial law, known as the “anti-Apple law,” was adopted by authorities to market Russian technology companies, but critics say it is the latest attempt by the government to tighten its grip on the Internet.