Netflix Completes Withdraws From Russia Amid Ukraine War, Russian Subscribers Lost Access to Streaming Giant

Russian subscribers have lost access to streaming giant Netflix in the latest withdrawal of a Western company due to the conflict in Ukraine.

The Netflix website and apps are no longer available as of Friday and a Netflix spokesperson confirmed that subscribers can no longer access them.

“This is the fulfillment of the withdrawal from the Russian market” announced in March, a Netflix spokesperson told AFP on Monday.

The US-based platform announced in early March that it was withdrawing from Russia after Moscow sent thousands of soldiers to pro-Western Ukraine.

The spokesperson said the company waited until the end of the current billing cycle before cutting customers.

Netflix is ​​the world’s leading streaming platform, with 221.8 million subscribers at the end of 2021, but it was a small player in Russia.

The company said in an April letter to shareholders that it had lost 7,00,000 paid subscribers as a result of its withdrawal from Russia, and blamed the pullout for the first global drop in subscribers in a decade.

Netflix is ​​among a group of foreign companies that have announced a suspension of operations or a complete withdrawal from Russia since the launch of the Moscow campaign in Ukraine on February 24.

Back in March, Netflix and TikTok suspended most of their services in Russia as the government cracked down on what people and the media could say about Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Pulling the plug on online entertainment and information is likely to further isolate the country and its people after a growing number of multinational companies cut off Russia from vital financial services, technology and a variety of consumer products in response to Western economic sanctions and global outrage over the invasion of Ukraine.

US credit card companies Visa, Mastercard and American Express all said during the first weekend of March that they would cut service in Russia. South Korea’s Samsung, a major supplier of both smartphones and computer chips, said it would halt shipments of products to the country, joining other big tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, Intel and Dell.

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