Russians plan to launch alternative to Google Play on VE Day

March 29 (Reuters) – Russian tech developers are building an alternative to Alphabet Inc’s Google Play store (GOOGL.O) and plan to launch it on May 9, a national holiday in Russia that celebrates victory in World War II. the organization behind the initiative said Tuesday.

YouTube and Google Play this month suspended all payment services in Russia, including subscriptions, as Western sanctions against Russia’s actions in Ukraine began to cause banking problems in the country. Read more

“Unfortunately, Russians normally can no longer use Google Play to buy apps and developers have lost their source of income,” said Vladimir Zykov, project director at Digital Platforms, an organization focused on digital development.

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“That’s why we created a Russian app store, NashStore,” Zykov said in a statement.

NashStore, which translates to “OurStore” in English, will serve Android mobile devices and should eventually be compatible with Russian Mir bank cards, according to the statement.

Russia traditionally stages a patriotic display of raw military might on May 9 with a parade through Moscow’s Red Square commemorating the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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