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Russian users sue Apple after payment service pulled

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A Russian law firm on Friday said it had filed a lawsuit against tech giant Apple searching for $1.28 million in damages for consumers affected by Apple withdrawing its payment service from Russia.

Apple didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

Law firm Chernyshov, Lukoyanov & Partners said Apple had violated Russian consumers’ rights after the corporate restricted the usage of its built-in Apple Pay service on March 1 in response to Moscow sending troops into Ukraine.

The lawsuit, which it said had been filed with a Moscow court, is searching for 90 million rubles in damages, which it said included compensation for “moral damage” caused to residents.

It also wants Apple to resume operation of Apple Pay services for Russian users.

The entire figure could rise because the law firm remains to be inviting more claimants to hitch the suit.

Senior Partner Konstantin Lukoyanov said Apple’s fundamental US company had made the choice to suspend sales of Apple products and restrict services offered in Russia.

The lawsuit is searching for $1.28 million in damages.Getty Images

“Subsequently, our lawsuit’s claims are directed firstly on the parent company and secondly at its subsidiary units,” he said in a press release.

The law firm said Apple’s decision to halt Apple Pay services in Russia had reduced the functionality of its devices sold on the local market, thereby lowering their value, actions it said were unfair and discriminatory under Russian law.

The identical law firm is pursuing an analogous lawsuit against streaming company Netflix, which in March suspended its service in Russia.

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