Russian users sue Apple after payment service is withdrawn: lawyer

A Russian law firm sought damages of 90 million rubles ($ 1.28 million) from consumers affected by Apple’s withdrawal of payment services from Russia on Friday against U.S. high-tech giant Apple. He said he had filed a lawsuit.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to the request for comment.

Law firms Chernyshov, Lukoyanov & Partners said Apple will give Russian consumer rights after Apple restricted the use of the built-in Apple Pay service on March 1 in response to Moscow sending troops to Ukraine. He said he had infringed.

The proceedings filed in a Moscow court seek damages of 90 million rubles, including compensation for “moral damages” caused to citizens.

We also hope that Apple will resume operating the Apple Pay service for Russian users.

The total number may increase as law firms are still inviting more plaintiffs to participate in the proceedings.

Senior partner Konstantin Lucoyanov said Apple’s major US companies have decided to stop selling Apple products and limit the services offered in Russia.

“Therefore, our proceedings are directed first to the parent company and then to its subsidiaries,” he said in a statement.

Law firms said Apple’s decision to suspend Apple Pay services in Russia reduced the functionality of devices sold in the local market, thereby reducing their value.

The same law firm has filed a similar proceeding against Netflix, a streaming company that stopped its service in Russia in March.

($ 1 = 70.1260 rubles)