Spotify completely stops providing service in Russia

Throughout this month we have seen how different companies left Russia as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. It has been a very important measure by many firms from all sectors that have done nothing more than punish the invading country in most cases. But in other reasons they are much older than those that have led Spotify to leave Russia.

Spotify says goodbye to Russia definitively

At the beginning of the month we talked about the release of three very important multimedia applications. Netflix, TikTok and Spotify stopped providing their usual service in the country, ceasing to comply with the audiovisual regulations of said country to the point of canceling productions or even avoiding subscriptions, something that in the worst of steps left the door open to work continuously.

However, in the case of Spotify has already made a clear and concise decision as it will finally stop providing service in Russia. The curious thing is that the reason that the firm alleges goes beyond its position regarding what happened with its neighboring country.

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According to what counts The Verge, a spokesperson for the application has stated that “Unfortunately, recently enacted legislation that further restricts access to information, removes freedom of expression and criminalizes certain types of news puts at risk the safety of Spotify employees and possibly even of our listeners. After carefully considering our options and the current circumstances, we have made the difficult decision to completely suspend our service in Russia.”

And it is that the Kremlin’s measures are very harsh and strict on the issue of false news, which harsh sentence with sentences of up to 15 years in prison. And it is that the government of Vladimir Putin has made it clear what words cannot be said in the media in the face of an armed conflict that the Russian leader himself does not want to call as such beyond what he considers a ‘mission of peace and liberation of the Ukrainians’.

As we have already told you on other occasions, Spotify is one of the many companies that have left Russia. Others like Facebook and Instagram have also stopped providing service in the country, although WhatsApp seems to continue.