Following numerous other companies, Netflix suspends operations in Russia as a result of the country’s military incursion into Ukraine. Netflix spokesperson Emily Feingold said on the matter:
“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia.”
Netflix suspends all projects and streaming in Russia
Last week, Netflix stated that it would refuse to comply with a new Russian law requiring large streamers to host 20 state-sponsored propaganda channels such as NTV and Channel One. Netflix announced that it will be halting all productions and acquisitions in Russia. Netflix had been working on four Russian originals at the time, but the streaming service has now halted all projects and purchases in the country. There are currently about 1 million Netflix subscribers in Russia.
Netflix is not the only entertainment company to cut ties with Russia. Other major film studios, such as Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, and Sony, have all delayed the release of new films like The Batman, Turning Red, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in Russian theaters.
In response to Russia’s newly-passed “fake news” legislation, TikTok has stopped all new video uploads and live streams. TikTok and Netflix aren’t the only ones cutting ties with Russia. Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Samsung have also halted sales to the nation as a result of its actions, just to name a few.