Apple terminates registered developers living in Crimea

Apple terminates registered developers living in Crimea
Thanks to U.S. sanctions against Crimea, Apple has terminated Registered Apple Developers living in the region, thus preventing them from publishing apps in the Apple App Store. Executive Order 13685, signed last month by President Obama, prevents the import into the U.S. of goods, services and technology from Crimea. Apple has sent a letter to developers affected by the Executive Order, which effectively ends their ability to act as a developer for Apple, pursuant to the RAD agreement that developers must sign.

The U.S. has opposed Russia's occupation of Crimea last March. Combined with similar sanctions from the EU, the goal is to put economic pressure on Russia.

Besides blocking imports from the Crimean region into the U.S., property owned in the U.S. by people living in Crimea are blocked. In other words, previously earned proceeds from an app written by a developer in the area cannot be paid out. However, there appears to be a pretty big loophole. Affected developers could change their address to a Russian location and will be allowed to sign up for the Registered Apple Developer program all over again.

source: U.S.Treasury (PDF), @yuritkachenko via TechCrunch



1. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I wonder if they'll go to the jailbreak repositories to get republished while this sorts itself out.

2. dTone

Posts: 69; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

"prevents the import into the U.S. of goods, services and technology from Crimea" thats sounds fair for US citizens, what about the rest of the world. US puts sanctions for US but it shouldn't apply to purchases made elsewhere in the world? ! When my daughter makes a purchase from another part of the world besides America

3. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

And how exactly should the US control this? You're a big country, but you aren't THAT big; shy of identifying specific products manufactured in the Crimea, there's not a lot to be done about goods being moved to another area and shipped from there. I'm relatively confident the Russian authorities are going to turn a blind eye to this sort of activity...

4. dTone

Posts: 69; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Wellllll, I'm using Android, and I'm not able to download certain apps to my country, I'm sure they can figure it out, they're a smart company after all.

5. Cyagocaliz unregistered

What they have decided and done was totally right. Keep banning malicious developers, Apple!

6. dTone

Posts: 69; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

It's not about malicious apps/developers, it's a sanction.

7. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

What has the developer himself done to face such a biased sanction?? Talk about humanity now! He'll probably become a hacker to harm the iProducts! Actually it's quite nice this sanction!

8. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Crime-A? What a criminal name!

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