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Ukraine: Spotify closes Russian offices indefinitely

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Ukraine, Zelensky:

Moscow’s technological isolation continues. Music streaming giant Spotify said it closed its offices in Russia and removed Russian state-sponsored content from its service. The move came in response to the “unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” the company said in a statement, adding that it had taken several measures.
“We have closed our office in Russia until further notice,” said the Stockholm-based company, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Additionally, the streaming giant said it had reviewed “thousands of podcast episodes since the war began” and limited users’ ability to find podcasts owned and operated by Russian state-linked media outlets. Spotify said earlier in the week it had removed all content from Russian state-sponsored news outlets RT and Sputnik within the European Union and other markets. But it would keep its service open to Russian users. “We believe it is of the utmost importance that our service is available in Russia to enable a global flow of information,” Spotify said.

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