Spotify shuts Russia office

Swedish music streaming giant Spotify has shut down its office in Russia and removed content from state-backed media outlets RT and Sputnik. Spotify joins several tech and media platforms who have blocked Russian state media outlets over Ukraine invasion.

The music streaming service said that it will continue to stream in Russia, a market it entered in July 2020 along with Ukraine and 10 other European countries. We think it's critically important to try to keep our service operational in Russia to allow for the global flow of information, a Spotify spokesperson told Variety.