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Russia Update: January 30, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ebay Curtails Services, PayPal Suspends Transactions in Russian-Occupied Crimea
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Ebay, the online auction service, announced today that it was unable to provide its full services in Crimea, TASS reported

We regret being unable to provide our clients in Crimea with high-level support. We informed all our clients there about the current situation and our service desk is ready to assist all of them. We apologize for the inconveniences and look forward to return to Crimea and support smooth operations of all our services when circumstances in the region change.

PayPal had already announced that it was suspending its services last week, said TASS.

"We regret to say we are unable to provide services to clients in Crimea for the time being," a PayPal representative told TASS

Although the statement was not made explicitly in the corporate communications, the suspensions are related to US sanctions against Russia for the forcible annexation of Crimea.

Ebay is the owner of PayPal.

PayPal was used by some Russian businesses to make payments in foreign currency outside of Russia, and by Russian workers to send remittances home, although domestic services in Russia have had more usage. PayPal received a license to run transactions within Russia in rubles only in 2013.

Popular Russian blogger Rustem Adagamov, who lives in Europe, met the announcement with a shrug.

Translation: Ebay is also ceasing work in Crimea. Well, that's a mosquito bite, Obama! Crimeans don't use your American services. So there!