Netflix suspends streamer in Russia as Ukraine invasion continues

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Netflix has suspended its service in Russia in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The move comes amidst the escalating conflict and following Netflix’s suspension of its production and acquisition activity in the country.

“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” the streamer said.

The world’s biggest streamer had a growing slate of Russian dramas on its books, including detective show Zato, a reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to be known as Anna K, and charity-set drama Nothing Special, alongside an untitled show.

Production on Zato has been suspended and acquisitions activity has been paused. Anna K and Nothing Special wrapped late last year.

Netflix has already said it will defy new regulations and refuse to carry Russian channels on its service in the country, as widespread economic action spreads.

The streamer launched in Russia in 2016, with the service operated in the country in partnership with National Media Group. It has around one million subscribers.

The TV industry has already cut many of its ties with Russian firms in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Last week, All3Media International, Banijay, BBC Studios, ITV Studios and Fremantle suspended business with Russian firms.



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