In Russia, government employees are barred from using all Apple devices due to concerns about espionage operations by US intelligence agencies.
Russian authorities have begun to ban government employees from using Apple devices in official government agencies.
While the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) reports that Apple products are not safe, government employees will no longer be able to use products such as iPhone, iPad, Mac.
Starting Monday, the country’s ministry of commerce will ban all business use of iPhones.
The ban comes after Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed in early June that Apple devices had uncovered an espionage operation led by “US intelligence agencies.”
In announcing that thousands of iPhones were “infected” with tracking software, the FSB claimed, without citing evidence, that Apple was working closely with US intelligence agencies.
Russia declared war on Apple
After Russia declared war on Ukraine, the company cut off access to Apple Pay. Later, sales of all Apple devices in Russia were stopped.
On the other hand, Vladimir Putin signed a decree last year demanding that institutions in the critical information infrastructure switch to locally developed software by 2025.