Netflix Pulls Service From Russia Amid Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine
Netflix is the latest tech company to pull its service from Russia as the ongoing conflict and invasion of Ukraine continue.
News comes by way of Variety, which reports that Netflix has confirmed it will be suspending its service within Russia. This comes a week after the company stated that it would be halting all future projects. Netflix had four original projects in the works, including a reported crime thriller series directed by Dasha Zhuk. While it was in active production, shooting was halted as a part of the company’s decision to suspend business within the country.
“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” a spokesperson for Netflix told Variety.
Netflix now joins a growing roster of tech companies that have taken a stance and halting business with Russia in the midst of its conflict with Ukraine. Companies such as Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, and more have all stated that they will no longer be shipping products to Russia. Some have even altered their services to not support RT and Sputnik outside of Russia to avoid propaganda being spread.
Netflix has only been supported within Russia since 2016. Over the six years within the country, the streaming service only gained roughly one million subscribers.
In addition, Netflix is making its 2015 documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” available to watch for free.