Popular streaming services Netflix, Discovery and Prime Video are taking action against Russia as the war against Ukraine continues. Along with many other businesses which are suspending their commercial activity in the nation, these platforms will no longer be available to Russian citizens to varying degrees.
Discovery revealed that 15 channels would have their broadcasts suspended in Russia, which will have a knock-on effect on 65 staff members. Meanwhile, Netflix is suspending its service there entirely, after launching just over a year ago. There are under one million subscribers in Russia, and other services such as Disney+ have not yet launched there yet.
Amazon has now removed its Prime Video service from Russia as well, joining other American companies including Roku, DIRECTV, CNN, Disney, YouTube, the NHL, Bloomberg, Olympics, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, FIFA, Papa Johns and McDonalds.
Furthermore, Amazon has donated $5 million to those affected by the war and employee donations are being matched. What’s more, over 10,000 Amazon employees have made personal donations to assist with the war effort.