Netflix pulled its streaming service in Russia in protest at the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
the The American streaming giant said that “given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia”.
New customers can no longer register and existing customers will lose access in the days and weeks to come, according to business news website Bloomberg.
Last week, the company announced that it would suspend all future projects and acquisitions in the country. They had four Russian Originals in the works, all of which have been put on hold.
They had also refused to carry 20 free-to-air TV channels – which under a Russian law known locally as the Vitrina TV law – are mandatory for channel distribution.
The “must carry” channels include news, sports and entertainment, and would be aligned with Russian authorities.
Netflix’s operations in Russia are still small, and there are no offices or employees in the territory.
Netflix launched its service in the country in 2016 and operates the service in a joint venture with Russia’s National Media Group. He currently has around one million subscribers.
About 1.6 million people have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion, according to the United Nations.
There have been repeated attacks on civilians trying to flee using the humanitarian corridors.
Many top companies have distanced themselves from Russia since its invasion of Ukraine.
TikTok users will not be able to upload new content, after the Chinese social networking service expressed concern over a new “fake news” law in Russia.
“We have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content from our video service in Russia while we review the security implications of this law,” he said in a statement. .
Its in-app messaging service will not be affected.
The Kremlin has introduced a law that means people who spread “false” information about the Russian armed forces could be jailed for up to 15 years.
American Express, Visa and Mastercard announced they were taking similar action, as did accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.
PayPal has shut down its services, with chief executive Dan Schulman saying the company “stands with the international community in condemning Russia’s violent military aggression.”
Puma and IKEA have closed stores, Apple and Microsoft have halted product sales, and Hollywood studios have postponed the release of new films.