Netflix Shuts Down Services in Russia Due to Invasion of Ukraine

Netflix has suspended its services in Russia on March 6 in further response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” Netflix spokesperson Emily Feingold said in a statement.

Variety first reported the move by Netflix.

Netflix launched its service in Russia in 2016 and it has around one million subscribers. It operates the service as a joint venture with Russia’s National Media Group.

It is unclear what would happen to the existing subscriber accounts in Russia.

Earlier this week, Netflix announced that it would pause all future projects and acquisitions from Russia due to its attack on Ukraine.

Netflix had four Russian originals in the works, including a crime thriller series directed by Dasha Zhuk.

Netflix also recently refused to comply with a new Russian law that requires large streamers to host 20 free, state-run broadcast channels, including NTV and Channel One.

Netflix also announced that it would make its 2015 documentary, “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” available to watch for free.


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