Entering text into the input field will update the search result below

Spotify shutters Russia office, pulls Kremlin media from platform

Mar. 02, 2022 4:51 PM ETSpotify Technology S.A. (SPOT) StockAAPL, GOOG, GOOGLBy: Jason Aycock, SA News Editor65 Comments

Music Streaming Service Spotify Goes Public On The New York Stock Exchange

Spencer Platt/Getty Images News

Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) has shut down its Russia office "indefinitely" and removed all content from Kremlin-backed RT and Sputnik from its platform, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine.

It's not stopping its general service to Russia, however, telling

Recommended For You

Comments (65)

Have a tip? Submit confidentially to our News team. Found a factual error? Report here.

TruffelPig profile picture
Keeps Russia lover Joe Rogan..........he is being transmitted in Russia by official media.
Spotify service has just gone down in a major outage!
Joseph Stalin's mutant off-spring Putin has now reached the pinnacle of a deviant with absolutely no mercy, compassion, empathy, or just common decency continues to murder innocent people caught in a situation where these people have done no harm to Russia and are completely vulnerable to the cruelty being inflicted on them by a MONSTER that would kill his mother if the circumstances appeared to be a benefit to him.

I'm vehemently opposed to War but I wouldn't be upset to see Russia take the punishment that Putin is inflicting on the defenseless women and children in Ukraine.

The world will be better off if Putin suffers a painful death, Imo.
03 Mar. 2022
This is the right decision.
@Bbone how is this the right decision? They play music and podcasts FROM THE WEST. Wouldnt we much rather russian peoples hear western news and opinions? In ww2 and thereafter should radio free europe have shut down too in protest to stalin? Just stupid! We want western propaganda to get there. Virtue signaling gone stupid…
Pianodude profile picture
I hate this awful invasion, but I think it’s a bad idea to block music. Music is a conduit for good.
zoeshamu profile picture
@Pianodude Yeah, but Spotify does not only do music now. It also does podcats .. so its become like a Fox look-alike spewing crap from idiots. If they stuck to music, would have been fine. Now, any digital media should be subject to the same rules, right? Like opening a stand for KKK ...
Gunne profile picture
Agreed, otherwise the Russian kids would have to listen to friggin Balalaika.

But if they keep pushing...
russian teens will revolt if they are blocked all access to eilish
@gutcheck they aren’t
Gunne profile picture
We've seen a lot of Russian youngsters being taken in custody because they have been protesting, right?

Apparently, the Kremlin has now an 8 year sentence for the simple act of protesting, can you imagine?

More reports of Russians wanting to flee Russia.

Russia is becoming completely cut off to any prestigious sport event.

Russia is becoming completely cut off to anything in the West, really.

It is becoming a paria state.

Is that the great empire Putin is dreaming of?
And let's make it clear. It is his dream, and no more than that.

And yes, Lavrov, Europeans will decide how they live, not Russia.

The only way out for the Kremlin is an accord with pres. Zelensky.
@Gunne my point was simply that spotify does not block the russian youth accessing their services
Putin has no idea what's confronting Russia as a country with an economy. The entire world sees that Russia, with Putin in control, is a cruel, malicious, and utterly sick society. Murdering civilians after attacking a country with many Russian citizens and a complete lack of aggression toward any other country shows how ruthless Putin is in complete devastation to cities and human life therein.

No amount of Russian propaganda is going to work to give Putin a pass after the carnage he's brought to people in Ukraine.
Well, it helps that Russian Propaganda is no longer being accepted.

The alarming part is they were airing Russian propaganda for years, poisoning Western democracies for profit.

Shame on any company that served at the feet of The Kremlin, for any amount of time.
P M D profile picture
Russia was behind a lot of the antivax propaganda and convoy riots as well. The "endthemandate" hashtag basically disappeared the day Russia disconnected from Twitter, and the American convoys just went away.
Gunne profile picture
If he keeps at it in Ukraine, Putin will be irrelevant.

Russian logistical problems are immense, their soldiers are hungry, frozen, demoralized, some parts are stranded, running out of oil.

Russian TV showed a bunch of old Russian reservists.
That is not out of luxury.

The Kremlin calls the Western world the kingdom of liars.
Sure, not everyone is always truthful, not everything is perfect.

But the Kremlin creates a reality that does not exist.



You cannot win, the truth arrives even in Russia, through the internet.

There is no "saving" of Ukrainians from Nazis, it's an invasion of another sovereign country. And the Kremlin is committing war crimes.

Go home, nobody wants you in Ukraine.
And the whole world will continue to support with supplies, weapons, etc.
The Western world will never live under your regime.

Slava Ukraini.
I am officially cancelling the export of memes to Russia. There, I contributed to the war effort! 😏
zoeshamu profile picture
Don't understand this ... Spotify removes Russian disinformation news media but not Rogan? Is it because Spotify paid $200 million to Rogan for crap? Keep the same standard ... drop Rogan as well. Stupido ...
Benjamin Graham Cracker profile picture
@zoeshamu Did Rogan start a war, or did I miss that?
@zoeshamu Spotify or any other company, couldn’t care less the war. It’s just marketing. They do what most people want to see. That’s all.
@Benjamin Graham Cracker Zoe in case you missed the nuance (and your gut reaction is that Joe is just a bad bad boy in your eyes and is arguably just as bad), it’s an apples to oranges comparison.
Why were all these media companies spewing Russian propaganda in the first place?

Oh yeah, they have zero ethics! It shouldn't take an invasion to tell you not to do the Kremlin's work for them!
Cancelling Russia has become the new virtue signal of the West. Businesses, groups, politicians and individuals are standing on soapboxes right now, proclaiming to God and all who can hear how evil, vile, dirty and disgusting this country is. The louder you shout it, the more virtuous you are! Oh the joy once again to be better, more virtuous than others.

When America does the same thing,….Crickets.
@Plaubel So true. Even Joseph Goebbels would be delighted.
@Pci2 Joseph Goebbels would be a valued member of the Putin regime if he were alive today. He's just like Putin and his followers
@donfdraper He would enjoy the total escalation on either side
userwcSX profile picture
Good for Spotify. Russia should stop attacking a sovereign nation unprovoked and murdering thousands of civilians. Nobody should do business with them.
Costco_Pizza profile picture
@userwcSX Yes, very good move, but Rogan needs to go next. We need to pressure Spotify to remove Rogan.
userwcSX profile picture
@Costco_Pizza Unimportant in comparison. I don't care. People can decide not to listen to Rogan, but Ukrainian's cannot decide not to get bombed.
Why? Rogan hurt your feelings? 😰
Datsyuk13 profile picture
They didn’t want to lose Neil Young again
financeminister profile picture
lol...RT was where former CNN and MSNBC employees went.... .and died.
BIZUN1973 profile picture
Where is CNN and MSDNC going to get their news if Google shuts down RT and Sputnik News?
MWinMD profile picture
@Bavossler What are you talking about? RT and Sputnik were well-known conduits of Russian propaganda to American right wing media over recent years. Well documented in the Mueller Report as well as the GOP Senate report on the 2016 election meddling.

Is this more of the old "confuse people by accusing your opponent of exactly what you're doing" that the Right always engages in?
@MWinMD ...I think that Trump cult members are frantically making stuff up. After Russian media was replaying Trump, Mike Pompeo, Tucker Carlson, and other right wing "celebrities" praising Putin and attacking the United States, they're grasping at straws.
Deverix profile picture
@MWinMD How did that Mueller report work out for you? How you think the Durham investigation is working out for Mrs. Clinton? See, you had it exactly backwards. It's the Democrats that follow the teachings of Saul Alinsky. But you knew that already - you're engaging in the strategy yourself here. Nice try, tho.
Digital Media only follows the herd….. Strong sign Putin’s in trouble.
["critically important to try to keep our service operational in Russia to allow for the global flow of information."]

So global propaganda instead of Russian propaganda...
Well done. At my company we terminated the employment of Russian managers and staff….will be replacing them with local Singaporean staff
@Whiteknightcaesar What’s the diff
@Whiteknightcaesar so it’s the civilians fault? Dumb decisions, your company is to work for me
Et20 profile picture
cancel culture going nuts

About SPOT

SymbolLast Price% Chg
Market Cap
Yield (TTM)
Rev Growth (YoY)
Short Interest
Prev. Close
Compare to Peers

Related Stocks

SymbolLast Price% Chg
Spotify Technology S.A.
Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Music Group Corp.
Formula One Group
To ensure this doesn’t happen in the future, please enable Javascript and cookies in your browser.
Is this happening to you frequently? Please report it on our feedback forum.
If you have an ad-blocker enabled you may be blocked from proceeding. Please disable your ad-blocker and refresh.