Apple makes first official retail push into Russia

The company now offers an online store to Russians. Any potential brick-and-mortar stores are still just rumors.

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The homepage for Apple's Russia store.
The homepage for Apple's Russia store. Apple

Apple has made good on its promise to bring its official online store to Russia.

The online marketplace became available recently, allowing Russian consumers to buy Apple's Macs, iPhones, iPads, and accessories. Apple offers free shipping and returns and asks for payment by cash on delivery.

For months, Apple has been rumored to be working on bringing its store to Russia. The company's devices have been floating around the country's gray market for years, with some devices, like the iPhone 5, fetching as much as $3,700.

Apple's first step toward an official presence was the launch of iTunes in Russia in December. Apple still has no brick-and-mortar stores there. And despite claims that one is coming soon, Apple has yet to confirm that that's the case.

(Via 9to5Mac)