Netflix Suspends All Russian Services – POLITICO

US streaming giant Netflix has decided to put the brakes on its services in Russia amid international concerns over Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine, the company confirmed on Sunday.

“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” a Netflix spokesman told POLITICO.

In practice, this means that as of Monday, March 7th, people in the country will no longer be able to sign up for a new subscription, and current Russian subscribers will only be able to access their accounts until the end of their current billing cycle. After this period, accounts of Russian users will be temporarily suspended until the situation in Ukraine changes and Netflix may consider restarting its services in Russia.

The move comes after a series of phased withdrawals by Netflix from the Russian market as President Vladimir Putin’s army escalates its violent invasion and assault on Ukraine.

Last week, the company decided to immediately “pause” its Russian television and film productions. The company also said it will refuse to comply with Russian laws, which dictate that certain audiovisual media outlets are required to broadcast at least 20 state-supported channels.

Earlier there had been concerns that the Kremlin would use the US streaming service as a platform to spread state propaganda amid the fight for airwaves amid the war in Ukraine. Netflix Suspends All Russian Services – POLITICO

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