Effective February 1, 2015, PayPal and Google Adsense accounts registered in the the Crimea peninsula of Russia will be cut off. Visa and MasterCard stopped serving Russian banks in Crimea just days after the new sanctions were introduced in mid-December.
Reuters says there are some reports that residents have been able to successfully circumvent the ban by linking their registration and accounts to neighboring Russian regions that are just 46 kilometers away across the Kerch straight, the waterway that separates Crimea from mainland Russia.
Yandex, the Russian counterpart to Google, still operates on the peninsula. About 56% of Crimean citizens have internet in their homes, according to a Gallup report for the US Broadcasting Board of Governors
Earlier this month, America’s Apple pulled the plug on its operations in Crimea, citing it could no longer work under the sanction regime.
On December 19, US President Barack Obama signed a decree that bans exports, technology transfer, and other services to Crimea.
Payment systems Visa and MasterCard stopped serving Russian banks in Crimea just days after the new sanctions were introduced.
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