Spotify’s Russian service will be suspended. Adhering to New Media Law

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Russia’s new legislation makes it illegal to report on any event that could bring the Russian military into disrepute.
Spotify announced on Friday that it will discontinue its streaming service in Russia in response to the country’s new media law.

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The audio streaming platform closed its Russian office indefinitely earlier this month, citing Moscow’s “unprovoked attack on Ukraine.”

Russia’s new legislation makes it illegal to report on any event that could bring the Russian military into disrepute.

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“Spotify has continued to believe that it is critical to try to keep our service operational in Russia in order to provide trusted, independent news and information from the region,” the company said in a statement. “Unfortunately, recently enacted legislation further restricting access to information, eliminating free expression, and criminalizing certain types of news endangers the safety of Spotify’s employees and, in the worst-case scenario, our listeners.”

According to one person with knowledge of the situation, the service is expected to end in early April.

Netflix, another streaming service, suspended service in Russia earlier this month after stating that it had no plans to add state-run channels to its Russian service, despite a regulation requiring it to do so.

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