Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon and other tech companies stop sales in Russia

Tech companies around the world are pulling out of Russia.

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As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, a number of tech companies have said they will stop selling products and services in the country. It could make everything from video games to iPhones and the PS5 harder to get 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. Other online services, like Airbnb, are suspending operations in Russia.

Tech 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 angry speeches by Russian President Vladimir Putin and a build-up of Russian forces along Ukraine’s borders. The US, EU and UK have all imposed economic sanctions on Russia, including those aimed directly at 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 some 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 humanityand government sanctions. In addition, the company cut off access to its cloud services from 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, as people around the world use Airbnb as a way to provide income directly to Ukrainians in, 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 is stopped allowing new registrations for service in Russia and Belarus, saying it will suspend accounts where customers “use AWS services to actively threaten, incite, promote, or encourage 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 is cessation of activities in Russia and removing its apps from the App Store and Google Play Store in Russia and Belarus.

Disney: The entertainment company has stopped everything theatrical releases in Russia, including the upcoming Pixar movie Turning Red.

Electronic Arts: The creator 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”.

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 too suspended billing on Playits mobile app store, and suspended paid services for YouTube users in Russia, such as YouTube Premium and Super Chat.

IBM: The IT giant has suspended all business in Russia, CEO Arvind Krishna said on March 7, and also provides support for 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 technology company has suspended all shipments 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 e-shop in maintenance mode, which means it is not available for 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 halt would have covers all Nvidia products.

Paramount: Like the other movie studios on this list, Paramount will stop 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 stop selling and allowing installations of video games under its Rockstar Games umbrella in Russia and Belarus, according to a March 7 report, just before 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 increased pressure for the company to cease sales of its PS5 game system in the country, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced on March 9 that it was suspended all hardware and software deliveries, as well as the launch of Gran Turismo 7 and PlayStation Store operations in Russia. Sony Music 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 told Russian users that it stop making 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 Ukraineincluding setting up alternative accommodation in neighboring countries and setting up a hotline to provide support and assistance.

Universal: The film studio will also be suspend trips to Russiathough he has yet to announce the specific films that will be made.

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

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