Netflix pulls out of Russia over Ukraine war

Russian subscribers have lost access to streaming giant Netflix in the latest pullout by a Western company over the conflict in Ukraine.

The Netflix site and apps are no longer available and a Netflix spokesperson has confirmed that subscribers no longer have access to the streaming platform.

“This is in compliance with the Russian recall” announced in March, a Netflix spokesperson said.

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

The spokesman said the company had waited until the end of the current billing cycle before cutting off customers.

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

The company said in an April letter to shareholders that it had lost 700,000 paid subscribers as a result of its withdrawal from Russia, blaming the pullout for its first global drop in subscribers in a decade.

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

Source: AFP

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