Quoting Russia’s new legislation which criminalizes “fake news”, Spotify has cancelled all service provision in the country.
“Unfortunately, recently enacted legislation further restricting access to information, eliminating free expression, and criminalizing certain types of news puts the safety of Spotify’s employees and possibly even our listeners at risk.”
– Spotify spokesperson
Breaking the draconian censorship laws in Russia can lead to a punishment of up to 15 years in prison. Moscow’s curtailment of free speech has been deliberately designed to stamp out any narrative running contrary the government’s propaganda.
“Spotify has continued to believe that it’s critically important to try to keep our service operational in Russia to provide trusted, independent news and information in the region,”
“After carefully considering our options and the current circumstances, we have come to the difficult decision to fully suspend our service in Russia.”
– Spotify spokesperson
This comes in the wake of many other internet giants cancelling, suspending or restricting services and/or supplies to Russia, as follows:-
Airbnb is suspending all operations in Russia and Belarus— Brian Chesky 🇺🇦 (@bchesky) March 4, 2022
Amazon: “We’ve suspended shipment of retail products to customers based in Russia and Belarus, and we will no longer be accepting new Russia and Belarus-based AWS customers and Amazon third-party sellers.”
I am deeply concerned with the situation in Ukraine. We’re doing all we can for our teams there and will be supporting local humanitarian efforts. I am thinking of the people who are right now in harm’s way and joining all those calling for peace.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 25, 2022
AWS: Quoted from Amazon’s site reference Amazon Web Services: “Note: This post was updated on March 8 to include the fact that AWS is no longer accepting new sign-ups based in Russia or Belarus.“
Bumble: In addition to announcing its fourth quarter and full year 2021 results, Bumble Inc. has also announced that it is discontinuing its operations in Russia, as well as removing all of its apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in Russia and Belarus.
Disney: “Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are pausing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming ‘Turning Red’ from Pixar,” – Disney spokesperson
Epic is stopping commerce with Russia in our games in response to its invasion of Ukraine. We’re not blocking access for the same reason other communication tools remain online: the free world should keep all lines of dialogue open.— Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) March 5, 2022
Microsoft: Microsoft suspends new sales in Russia
Rockstar Games: Rockstar Games Owner Stops New Sales in Russia and Belarus
“Sony Music Group calls for peace in Ukraine and an end to the violence. We have suspended operations in Russia and will continue our support of global humanitarian relief efforts to aid victims in need.” – Sony Music Group
Spotify: “After carefully considering our options and the current circumstances, we have come to the difficult decision to fully suspend our service in Russia.”
In line with the sanctions imposed on Russia, Twitch is restricting payments being issued to streamers in Russia— GUARD Hunter (@HUN2R) March 5, 2022
“we will do everything possible to pay the income you have earned as soon as we are allowed to do so” pic.twitter.com/Qnx821rBXe