Apple has apologised to Russian customers for suspending online sales, claiming that the wildly fluctuating local currency has forced its hand.
The rouble has been volatile for some time, but a recent dramatic fall has led Apple to take its online store down in the country.
Apple confirmed its decision and the reasoning in a short statement sent to V3.
"Due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the rouble, our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing," the firm said. "We apologise to customers for any inconvenience."
Apple began selling its most recent iPhone, the iPhone 6, in Russia only recently, but historically the firm has had a small share of the local smartphone market.
The company also suffered a significant loss earlier this year when the Russian government dropped the iPad for the Samsung equivalent.
Also this year Russia asked Apple and other firms for assistance in studying the reach of US government-sponsored surveillance. This included access to source code being provided as part of a "trust" process.
"Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013 and US intelligence services' public statements about the strengthening of surveillance of Russia in 2014 have raised a serious question of trust in foreign software and hardware," said communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov at the time.
"Obviously, companies which disclose the source code of their programs are not hiding anything, but those who do not intend to establish cooperation with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products."
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