iphones.ru is reporting that iTunes and App Store purchases can no longer be made by Apple device users based in Russia, leaving them unable to pay for apps, media or Apple services.
according to Russia siteIt is now impossible for users to add funds to their App Store or iTunes Store accounts using regional bank cards issued by Russian banks including Alfa-Bank, Saber and Tinkoff.
Under normal circumstances, Apple users will still be able to purchase Apple gift cards to top-up their Apple ID account. Although, iphones.ru Is also Reporting Users are also having problems with this method of funding.
It is not clear whether the problem is the result of an action by Apple, Russian banks or the Russian government. If confirmed, as it stands, users in Russia no longer have a way to make purchases in the App Store or iTunes Store.
The development follows the decision of the Google Play Store Turn off billing in RussiaAnd Apple’s decision early last week to halt all sales from its online store in Russia Ban Apple Search Ads In the Russian App Store.
Apple Pay is reportedly also limited and major banks in Russia are not able to use the service, resulting in long lines on commuter rail systems that use Apple Pay to pay fares. The move by Apple came independently of the imposition of US sanctions against the country following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.