Apple sent an email to registered developers who are registered in Crimea on Sunday terminating their developer agreement with Apple and ceasing the development and distribution of apps. 

The US in mid-December matched European sanctions blocking investments in or imports from Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia earlier this year.

As such Apple is complying with the new laws, asking developers to destroy materials that may have been downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or used in the building of apps for the App Store, and barring them from uploading apps or app updates.

The bar not only affects developers who live in Crimea, but US developers who are registered to make apps available in the region. The US order from December bans “the exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any goods, services, or technology to the Crimea region of Ukraine”.

You can read the full letter that Apple sent to developers, below.

This letter Serves as Notice of termination of the Registered Apple Developer Agreement (the “Agreement RAD”) Between you and Apple, Effective immediately.

Apple May terminate your Status as Registered Apple Developer A at Any time at ITS Sole Discretion Under the RAD Agreement. The new sanctions on the Crimea Region announced by the US Government on December 19, 2014 and announced by the European Commission on December 18, 2014 prohibit the continuation of the RAD Agreement between you and Apple. For more information, please review Executive Order 13685 and the European Commission Notice.

We Would like to remind you of your Obligations with regard to software and All Other Confidential information you That Obtained from Apple as A Registered Apple Developer. You must promptly Cease All use of and destroy such materials and Comply with All the Other Obligations set forth termination in the RAD Agreement.

Source: TechCrunch

  • russian thieves…

    • SoylentGreen

      such an uncooth boor.

      • …and what do you know about russian thieves?

      • …and what do you know about russians? NOTHING!

      • …or you’re one of them?

        I hate thieves.

  • Miras safadi

    That’s cruel, what did the developers do to deserve this..

  • SoylentGreen

    I thought apple would have been on the George Soros destabilisation bus by before now, this is a guy who openly brags that he is proud that he was a nazi collaborator, openly admits to funding various groups using Cloward & Piven, equally openly admits to funding anti police demonstrators in Ferguson, and more on topic he was brought in by barack hussain to destabilise the ukraine and has handed all the big /oil/gas/electricity contracts to people like “joe bidens’ son” (and allsorts of other rats) !! i s*** you not, you couldn’t make this up, now that is part of the artificial devaluation of oil to hobble russians and they also get to put some of the smaller indie oil companies in the usa out of business or devalue them enough for rich man B come along & buy it just in time to pay sub market prices, as theses uber-rich elites only want the illusion of free markets & competition whilst puppeteering the whole shebang. crimea is historically a russian place, the people their speak russian & also if asked their nationality most will say “russian”, and its the only place on the globe where russia can set up nukes to counter the nukes pointed at them.
    also george soros, the biggest player in the region has broken atleast 7 nations financially & otherwise, how do i know this? these guys are so hard wired into the win they brag about their dirty deeds in obscure publications that joe citizen has never heard off, lucky we have ppl like Alex Jones, Matt Drudge, world net daily, infowars, the daily beast and all the other people out there bringing this info & the appropriate proofs to the masses.
    its an amazing time to be alive

  • SoylentGreen

    a fair bit funnily eneough, ive probably spent more time queueing with russians than youve spent on earth, though just posting “Russian thieves” is neither engaging nor relevant. 🙂
    ps. knowledge is key mate. please fill up with knowledge, you see so much more of life.