The U.S. government has officially allowed online education platform Coursera to resume activities in Crimea and Sevastopol, which has become the first case of lifting sanctions against Russia, business daily Kommersant
Washington introduced a package of sanctions against Moscow in 2014 for integration of Crimea, which joined the country after a public referendum. The U.S. government also banned many local companies from doing business on Russia’s new territory. Citizens of the Crimean peninsula thus found themselves deprived of access to services of payment system PayPal, application stores Google Play and Apple Store, and others.
Access to Coursera for Crimea was restricted on February 1, 2015.
Coursera is a venture-backed, for-profit, educational technology company that offers massive open online courses(MOOCs). Coursera works with universities and other organizations to make some of their courses available online, offering courses in subjects, such as: physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business,computer science, digital marketing, data science, and other subjects.