This is the first lifting of the US sanctions against Russia. The educational platform Coursera was banned from operating on the peninsula February, 1 2015.
During an international conference in 2015, the President of the Higher School of Economics Yaroslav Kuzminov told the American professors that US sanctions on Crimea "nullify the idea of education as a global public good”. The academic community supported this idea.
Russian Association of Global Universities submitted a formal request to the platform asking a Coursera creator Daphne Koller to make the educational platform once again available for Crimean residents. As a result in the end of June Coursera received a license to operate in annexed Crimea.
So far, such international services as PayPal, Google Play and Apple Store are unavailable for the residents of the occupied peninsula.