Reuters: Russian state-owned companies buy Microsoft products bypassing sanctions

Reuters: Russian state-owned companies buy Microsoft products bypassing sanctions

The United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Russian and Crimean companies after Russia annexed the peninsula.

State companies and organizations in Russia and the Crimea bought Microsoft Corp software bypassing US sanctions, Reuters reported citing the state purchases.

 According to the agency, the enterprises under sanctions have purchased more than 5 thousand Microsoft products worth 60 million rubles (about $1.03 million). Reuters added that the users submitted false information about themselves to the company.

The agency has no proof that the software was purchased directly from the company. This was done through third parties, according to Reuters.

"Microsoft has a strong commitment to complying with legal requirements and we have been looking into this matter in recent weeks," the company said.

In case violations are detected, Microsoft promised "immediate halting of suspected improper sales", as well as "strong measures to try to prevent banned customers from accessing and using our products and services".

Among other buyers, Reuters named Almaz-Antey, Glavgosexpertiza, and the Krym health spa in Crimea owned by Russia’s Defense Ministry.

We remind that the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Russian and Crimean companies after Russia annexed the peninsula.

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