Amid Russia’s attacks on Ukraine, the entertainment world is also taking a stand.

Streaming music giant Spotify has joined other streaming networks like Netflix in announcing that it has closed its offices in Russia and removed Russian state-sponsored content from its service over the armed conflict in Ukraine.

In this way, Moscow’s technological isolation is extended in response to the “unprovoked attack against Ukraine,” he said in a statement published by the Italian agency Ansa.

“We have closed our office in Russia until further notice,” said the Stockholm-based company, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and reported that it reviewed “thousands of podcast episodes since the war began” to limit capacity. of users to find podcasts owned and operated by Russian state-linked media outlets.

Spotify had already indicated earlier in the week that it had removed all content from Russian state-sponsored media outlets RT and Sputnik within the European Union and other markets.

However, the music app clarified, it will keep its service open to Russian users. “We believe it is of the utmost importance that our service is available in Russia to enable a global flow of information,” Spotify said.

Meanwhile, Disney, the largest and most influential film studio in Hollywood, has decided to pause the release of its films in Russia.

“Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are pausing the release of films in Russia, including Pixar’s next ‘Red’ (which will be released in Argentina next Thursday the 10th),” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement. a statement.

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