U.S-based companies are banned from doing business with Russia and Crimea as per the sanctions announced by the US government during the Ukrainian crisis. Due to this sanction, Microsoft cannot sell its products and services to state organizations and firms in Russia.
According to the report by Reuters, state organizations and firms in Russia are still acquiring Microsoft software using fake data about their identity. Reuters confirmed it by looking into the Russian state procurement database.
Even though Microsoft would not have sold these to Russians, some third parties would have processed them. Microsoft gave the following statement in response to the article from Reuters.
“Microsoft has a strong commitment to complying with legal requirements and we have been looking into this matter in recent weeks. We have robust trade compliance processes around the world to help ensure that our partners comply with all conditions including immediate halting of suspected improper sales by partners, and strong measures to try to prevent banned customers from accessing and using our products and services.”
Microsoft is the largest software company in the world and it is obvious that Russian organisations would have used Microsoft software for years. Due to the sanction, suddenly they can’t switch to Microsoft-free software stack. To avoid migration issues and the cost involved, they are finding other ways to get access to Microsoft software.
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