Microsoft, Hermès, Airbnb: here’s the growing list of companies cutting ties with Russia following the invasion

Microsoft suspended further sales in Russia on Friday, with Chairman Brad Smith calling the country’s actions “unwarranted, unprovoked and illegal,” joining a growing list of companies like Hermès, Airbnb and Google distancing themselves from Russia after the country invaded Ukraine last week.

Hermes became the first luxury brand to suspend operations in Russia, announcing on Friday that it would temporarily close its stores in the country, saying it was “deeply concerned about the situation in Europe”. the wall street journal reported.

Microsoft said Friday it was suspending new sales of its products and services to Russia and working “proactively” “to help Ukraine’s cybersecurity officials defend against Russian attacks.”

Airbnb “suspends all operations in Russia and Belarus,” said CEO Brian Chesky tweeted Thursday, a few days after the roommate noted it would provide free short-term housing to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.

google said on Thursday that it would no longer sell online advertising in Russia through its search engine, YouTube or outside publishing partners, according to to Reuters, and apps for Russian state media RT and Sputnik have been deleted from the Google Play Store on Wednesday.

volkswagen suspended production of its vehicles in the Russian cities of Kaluga and Nizhny Novgorod and suspended exports to the country.

A statement from the companies in charge of Ikeathe stores and the supply of , reported by Reuters, said the “enormous human impact” of the war, along with supply chain disruptions, prompted the company to close its stores in Russia.

Mercedes-Benz noted On Wednesday, it suspended the export of passenger cars and vans to Russia and halted local manufacturing in the country.

software company SAP announced on Wednesday that it was “stopping business in Russia in accordance with sanctions” and suspending sales of products and services in the country, although Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted he didn’t go far enough and asked the organization “to stop supporting SAP products, as long as Russian tanks and missiles attack Ukraine!”

Spotify closed its Russian office indefinitely and followed suit with fellow tech leaders Google and Apple in removing all RT and Sputnik content from its platform in response to the country’s “unprovoked attack on Ukraine”, although the company says it is not deactivating its service in Russia because it believes it is essential to maintain a “global flow of information”, Variety reported Wednesday.

technology company Oracle tweeted Wednesday that it has “already suspended all operations in the Russian Federation”, according to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov publicly urged company to cease doing business in Russia “until the dispute is resolved”.

clothing retailer H&M noted On Wednesday, its Ukrainian stores were temporarily closed for security reasons, and the company temporarily suspended sales in Russia.

netflix suspended the production and acquisitions of four Russian projects, Deadline and Variety reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

Following the decisions taken on Monday by FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations to ban the Russian team from competing, EA Sports announcement On Wednesday, it began removing the Russian national team and Russian clubs from its FIFA video games “in solidarity with the Ukrainian people”.

Honda suspended exports of its cars and motorcycles to Russia, a company spokesperson said Reuters Wednesday was due to shipping and payment difficulties.

ExxonMobil announcement On Tuesday, it will quit a joint venture off the island of Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East and will not invest in other developments in the country following its invasion of Ukraine, which the company says “violates territorial integrity of Ukraine and endangers its people”.

Boeing said on Tuesday it had suspended major operations in Moscow as well as maintenance, parts and technical support services for Russian airlines, adding that it had closed its Kyiv office, according to to Politics.

streaming provider Roku deleted Russian state-controlled television network RT from its channel stores in the United States on Tuesday, a day after it was deleted European stores, according to Deadline and Reuters.

Nike has disabled online product purchases in Russia as it cannot guarantee delivery to customers in the country, the brand noted on its Russian website, directing customers to local Nike stores.

Ford announcement On Tuesday, he suspended his commercial joint venture in Russia “until further notice”.

Apple noted On Tuesday, it suspended sales of its products in Russia, restricted apps for RT at Sputnik so they could only be downloaded in the country, and disabled the traffic feature in Apple Maps in Ukraine “as a safety and security measure. precaution for Ukrainian citizens”.

In one blog post Tuesday, BreakSnapchat’s parent company, said the social platform had stopped running ads in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, would halt ad sales in Russia and Belarus, and pledged $15 million to organizations helping the Ukrainians.

A spokesperson for BMW say it the wall street journal On Tuesday, the company “will stop our local production and export for the Russian market until further notice” and said the luxury carmaker “condemns[s] aggression against Ukraine.

Meta The executives said on Tuesday that Russian state media posts are no longer recommended to users by Facebook’s algorithm, and will soon no longer be recommended by Instagram, according to The edgedays after the company said it restricted access to Russian state media accounts in Ukraine, blocked Russian state media from running ads and earning money from their accounts on the platform and said it had deleted posts related to a disinformation campaign targeting Ukraine.

Direc TV Recount Axios Tuesday that the company is “accelerating the expiration of this year’s contract” with RT America and “will no longer be offering its programming effective immediately,” hours after the National Association Of Broadcasters calls on broadcasters “to cease airing any state-sponsored programming with ties to the Russian government or its agents.”

Adidas noted on Tuesday he suspended his partnership with the Russian Football Union, effective immediatelyending the years-long partnership between the football program and Europe’s largest sportswear manufacturer.

Maerskone of the world’s largest shipping companies, on Tuesday suspended deliveries to and from Russia, except for food, medical and humanitarian supplies, citing the impact of sanctions.

Youtube on Tuesday blocked channels operated by Russian state-funded media Russia Today and Sputnik News across Europe, days after they temporarily shut it down demonetized RT and other channels on Saturday and blocked him from making money from ads on his videos, and restricted access to those channels in Ukraine.

Global payment companies MasterCard and Visa blocked a number of sanctioned Russian financial institutions from their networks, in line with Western sanctions, the companies said on Monday and Tuesday.

the Walt Disney Companywhich owns Marvel Studios, 20th Century Studios, Pixar and other movie properties, announcement On Monday, he suspends his theatrical film release in Russia, including his long-awaited Pixar film turn red“given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis”.

A spokesperson for netflix say it the wall street journal On Monday that “given the current situation”, the streaming service does not plan to distribute Russian state media’s news, sports and entertainment channels, despite new Russian regulations that require organizations with more than 100,000 subscribers to broadcast them, according to a close source. with matter.

Shell announced on Monday that it would divest several businesses with Gazprom, a Russian state-owned gas company, worth a total of around $3 billion.

Twitter said on Monday that he would tag tweets that share information from Russian state media accounts, and announcement On Friday, it was temporarily suspending ads in Ukraine and Russia “to make sure critical public safety information is high and ads don’t take it away.”

Etsy announcement On Monday, it was canceling all balances owed to the company by sellers in Ukraine, including listing and advertising fees, amounting to about $4 million, to ease the financial hardship felt by people in the country.

oil giant BP ceded a roughly 20% stake in Russian oil company Rosneft on Sunday, and announced the immediate resignation of two BP-appointed Rosneft board members, with BP Chairman Helge Lund calling Russia’s attack on the Ukraine of “act of aggression” and claiming that “BP’s involvement with Rosneft, a state-owned company, simply cannot continue.

Verizon renounced residential and mobile call charges to and from Ukraine from Friday to March 10, and waiving voice and text roaming charges for those in the country.

Organizations around the world are also taking action against Russia. The International Olympic Committee on Monday called on sports organizations around the world to ban athletes from Russia and Belarus from competing. On Friday, the Eurovision Song Contest banned Russia from competing this year, and Formula 1 canceled the Russian Grand Prix. The international fallout comes as the United States and other Western allies voted to remove some Russian banks from SWIFT over the weekend and carried out other rounds of sanctions against Russian financial institutions. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also been a direct target of sanctions, with the United States freezing his personal assets and those of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other wealthy Russian oligarchs.

While some major consulting and accounting firms have condemned Russia’s actions, most have not pledged to stop doing business with the country altogether. Bob Sternfels, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Co wrote on LinkedIn on Sunday that “our company will no longer serve any government entity in Russia,” although a company spokesperson declined to comment on the the wall street journal Tuesday to find out whether this policy will extend to state-controlled companies. A Bain and Co. executive condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine, but did not say whether any changes had been made to their Russian customers. According to Newspaper.

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