Spark and PDF Expert maker Readdle terminates app sales and support in Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine

All Readdle apps available in the Russian App Store and Google Play have now been removed in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the Ukrainian army, support refugees or help in any other way should visit the website and read Readdle’s blog post.

Teaser image featuring a red stop sign plastered over a map of Russia without Crimea, along with the Readdle logo in the top-right corner
  • Readdle was founded in Ukraine and many of its employees call it home. The company has removed Spark, PDF Expert and other apps from sale in Russia.
  • In addition, the company has also stopped support in Russia and has pledged to avoid doing business not only with Russian-owned companies but with any companies that continue to support the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • Readdle recently said its customers can rest assured that its apps and services will remain unaffected by Russia’s military actions in the country.

All Readdle apps in Russian app stores have been pulled

Readdle, an Odesa, Ukraine-headquartered maker of some of the finest productivity software such as the Spark email client, has terminated all app sales in the Russian App Store and Google Play. “Our company stands with the people and government of Ukraine against the Russian invaders,” the company announced in a blog post.

The following productivity apps for iOS and Android from Readdle are no longer available to download via Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store in Russia:

  • Spark: Arguably the best email client for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Android
  • Documents: A capable file manager with features missing from the Files app
  • PDF Expert: A powerful PDF app to view, edit and annotate your PDFs
  • Calendars: A re-imagining of what the mobile calendar experience should be
  • Scanner Pro: Scan agreements, receipts, IDs, books and more using your iPhone

Of course, existing users in Russia will retain access to any Readdle apps they have already installed but will receive no security update, no new features and no customer support. Would-be users are out of luck as they will no longer be able to download any Readdle apps from the Russian store. Of course, nothing is preventing new customers from downloading these apps from any other non-Russian App Store as long as they have an appropriate local Apple ID account.

While we understand that not everyone in Russia shares the same views or beliefs as the Russian government, which is committing human rights abuses and war crimes, we must take action to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom.

Considering Readdle apps have been downloaded over 190 million times and won multiple awards, including the “App of the Year” and “Editors’ Choice” by Apple, this is a significant blow to Readdle’s customers in Russia.

Readdle apps unaffected by Russian aggression

Readdle also assured its customers there’ll be no issues with its apps due to the disruptions caused by the Russian invasion of the 44 million people country.

“All critical Readdle infrastructure is up and running and there will be no disruptions to anything customer-facing as a result of the complex situation in Ukraine,” it said. Read: How to collaborate with your teams using the Spark email client

Readdle employs more than 200 people and is based in Odesa, a city of more than one million people, but also has team members based out of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital and the country’s most populous city. The company has been making quality productivity software used all over the world for over a decade now.