Russia threatens to nationalize Apple, seize assets

Multiple reports indicate that Russia is threatening to nationalize companies that have stopped operations in the country, including Apple.

From CNN,

Russia said it could seize the assets of Western companies that have suspended operations in the country.

Dozens of American, European and Japanese companies from almost every sector of the economy have abandoned joint ventures, factories, stores and offices in the last two weeks in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ensuring sanctions

Vladimir Putin reportedly told government officials on Thursday that Russia was considering plans to introduce “external management” to companies that had stopped operating in the country as a result of its invasion of Ukraine. That would include Apple, as well as companies like Microsoft, IBM, McDonald’s, IKEA, and more. Putin reportedly said “We need to act decisively with those [companies] who are going to close their production… it is necessary, then … to introduce external management and then transfer these enterprises to those who want to work.”

The measures could see the accounts and assets of such companies seized, or could see them placed under external management or nationalized.

A multitude of companies including Apple has stopped operating in Russia as a direct response to its invasion of Ukraine. Russia has responded with its own measures, including banning many Western media outlets and apps including Instagram, which will go dark from Monday, March 14.

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