New US sanctions on Russia are beginning to impact Microsoft´s activities in the country.
Key Microsoft distributors in the country have begun to restrict sales of Microsoft software, warning buyers they must pay for software licenses within strict deadlines or even upfront.
The latest wave of US sanctions affects the duration of credit that can be offered to Russian firms.
As it is usual for Russian suppliers to wait weeks or even months for payment, the sanctions have scope to significantly impact Microsoft sales in the country.
The sanctions were signed into US law in August last year, linked to Russia´s alleged involvement in Ukraine and cyberattacks, but have taken some time to be felt by the likes of Microsoft.
Microsoft´s Russian distributors Merlion and RRC began notifying their customers about the new payment restrictions in November.