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These companies left Russia: the list of technology, entertainment and finance

Tech companies around the world are pulling out of Russia.

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As the Russia’s war against Ukraine continues, a growing number of companies have declared that they are stopping sales of products and services in Russia. This will make items including video games, iPhones and the PS5 harder to obtain in Russia.

Both Apple and Microsoft have said they will stop selling products in Russia. Game maker EA said it will halt sales of games and other digital items while the dispute continues. Online services, like Airbnb, are suspending operations in Russia.

Companies have also responded in other ways, including cracking down on misinformation and reducing the online presence of Russian state media like RT News and Sputnik News. Google and Twitter have suspended advertising in Russia.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 after months of growing tension, marked by a build-up of Russian forces along Ukraine’s borders. The US, EU and UK have all imposed economic sanctions on Russia, including those directly targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine, which was part of the Soviet Union for much of the 20th century, declared independence in 1991. Since then, the country has established closer ties with Western Europe and the United States.

Here is an overview of technology, entertainment and finance companies that have ceased sales or other services in Russia:

Adobe: The maker of Photoshop and other software has halted all new sales and services in Russia, including its software for creative professionals and its website analytics tools, citing “our civic and moral responsibility to support democracy and humanity” and government sanctions. Additionally, the company has cut access to its cloud services to government-controlled Russian media.

Airbnb: The room rental service suspended all operations in Russia and Belarus and said its nonprofit subsidiary provide free temporary accommodation to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. It is also host and guest fee waiver for bookings in Ukraine, because people around the world use Airbnb as a way to provide income directly to Ukrainians by, as The Guardian put it, “pay but don’t stay.”

Amazon: The online giant suspended shipments of all retail products to customers in Russia and Belarus, and suspended access to Prime Video for users in Russia.

Apple: The tech giant stopped selling its products in Russia and halting online transactions, including limiting Apple Pay in the country. Additionally, it disabled some Apple Maps features in Ukraine to protect civilians.

AWS: Although AWS does not have data centers or offices in Russia, it has stopped allowing new signups for the service in Russia and Belarus, saying it will suspend accounts where customers “use AWS services to threaten, incite, promote or actively encourage acts of violence, terrorism or other serious harm.” Customers using AWS in Russia include companies headquartered elsewhere but with development teams in Russia.

BMW, Ford, GM, Honda: Several car manufacturers have reduced their operations in Russia. BMW will stop local production in Kaliningrad and stop exports to Russia. Ford is suspending operations in Russia “effective immediately, until further notice.” GM suspends operations in Russia. Honda has suspended its exports there.

Bumblebee: The dating app ceases operations in Russia and removes its apps from the App Store and Google Play Store in Russia and Belarus.

Disney: The entertainment company has halted all theatrical releases in Russia, including the upcoming Pixar movie Turning Red. It also suspended content and product licensing, channels, local productions, National Geographic magazine and tours, and Disney Cruise Line operations.

Electronic Arts: The maker of popular video games, including the FIFA franchise, has stopped selling all content in Russia and Belarus. This includes games, add-on content and virtual currency. Additionally, EA has removed Russian national teams from all versions of its football and hockey video games.

Epic Games: The maker of Fortnite said it would stop trade with Russia in its games but did not block access to games “for the same reason that other communication tools remain online: the free world should keep all lines of dialogue open”.

Goldman Sachs: The US bank is complying with sanctions and closing its operations in Russia, it announced on March 10. It is organizing the necessary departures among its 80 employees in Russia, according to the New York Times.

Google: Although users in Russia can still use Google’s search engine, the company has completely suspended its advertising activity in the countryside. This includes advertising revenue from YouTube, search, and all other forms of Google-sponsored marketing. Some Features of Google Maps have also been disabled, although Google provides information on resources for refugees for people fleeing Ukraine. Google also suspended billing on Play, its mobile app store, and suspended payment-based services for YouTube users in Russia, such as YouTube Premium and Super Chat. On March 10, Google Cloud also stopped accepting new customers in Russia. YouTube on March 11 said it was remove videos that deny or trivialize the Russian invasion of Ukraine, expanding its ban on Russian state-sponsored media and preventing YouTube users in Russia from monetizing their videos in any way.

IBM: The IT giant has suspended all operations in Russia, CEO Arvind Krishna said on March 7, and is also offering support to refugees employed by IBM. “A newly developed and deployed IBMer Resource Finder Map connects Ukrainian IBMers and IBM contractors fleeing their country with IBM colleagues in the immediate CEE region who can offer support, including accommodation, transportation, food and supplies, for them and their families,” Krishna said. .

Intel: The tech company suspended all deliveries to customers in Russia and Belarus, including chips.

Microsoft: The Windows maker has suspended sales of its products and services in Russia, while committing to strengthen its cybersecurity in Ukraine.

Netflix: The streaming giant has suspended all projects and acquisitions in Russia. Additionally, Netflix refused to add public channels to its Russian service.

Nintendo: The video game company has currently placed its Russian online store in maintenance mode, which means it is not available to Russian users. As of now, Russian players cannot purchase new games through the service.

Nvidia: A spokesperson for the chipmaker said Nvidia “does not sell in Russia,” but declined to comment further. The shutdown would affect all Nvidia products.

Paramount: Like the other movie studios on this list, Paramount will be halting theatrical releases in Russia. This includes the upcoming Lost City, as well as a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog.

PayPal: The online international payments company services interrupted in Russia over the weekend, CEO Dan Schulman saying the company “stands with the people of Ukraine and stands with the international community in condemning Russia’s violent military aggression in Ukraine.”

Rockstar Games: Take-Two Interactive will stop selling and licensing video game installs under its Rockstar Games umbrella in Russia and Belarus, according to a March 7 report, just ahead of the release of Grand Theft Auto V on PS5 and Xbox Series X/ S.

Samsung: Samsung has suspended shipments to Russia from March 4. “Due to current geopolitical developments, shipments to Russia have been suspended,” a Samsung spokesperson said. “We continue to actively monitor this complex situation to determine our next steps.”

Snapchat: The short-lived messaging app has stopped all ad sales to Russian and Belarusian entities, although its application remains active throughout the region as a communication tool.

Sony: The company’s film studio has stopped upcoming theatrical releases in Russia. Following mounting pressure on the company to cease sales of its PS5 gaming system in the country, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced on March 9 that it suspended all hardware and software deliveries, as well as the launch of Gran Turismo 7 and PlayStation Store operations in Russia. Sony Music has also suspended operations in Russia.

TIC Tac: Short-form video app TikTok is suspending live streaming and new content from its video service in Russia. The company said on March 6 that the decision was based on Russia’s recently passed “false news” law, saying it needed to review the security implications of the new legislation, which punishes those who broadcast ” false information” about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. with sentences of up to 15 years in prison.

Tic: The game streaming platform has told Russian users it will stop issuing payments to them due to sanctions blocking all possible transaction methods.

Ubisoft: The game maker said it suspended sales in Russia. In a blog post, Ubisoft also said it has taken steps to help employees based in Ukraine, including setting up alternative accommodations in neighboring countries and setting up an emergency hotline to provide support and advice. aid.

Universal: The film studio will also suspend releases in Russia, although it has yet to announce the specific films that will be retained.

Warner Bros.: The film studio will not release The Batman in Russia as planned and will instead suspend operations in the country.