Russian subscribers have lost access to streaming giant Netflix in the wake of a Western company’s latest withdrawal over the Ukraine conflict.
Netflix sites and apps have not been available since Friday, and a Netflix spokesperson confirmed that subscribers no longer have access.
A Netflix spokesman told AFP on Monday that the March announcement was “the culmination of a withdrawal from the Russian market.”
The US-based platform announced in early March that Moscow was withdrawing from Russia after sending thousands of troops to western Ukraine.
The spokesman 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 by the end of 2021, but Russia was a small player.
The company said in an April letter to shareholders that it had lost 700,000 paying customers as a result of the withdrawal from Russia, blaming the withdrawal for the first global decline in customers in a decade.
Netflix is one of a host of foreign companies that have suspended operations or withdrawn directly from Russia since the start of the Moscow campaign in Ukraine on February 24.
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