TechCrunch & Reuters: Tech giants suspend operations in Russia

Alphabet Inc.’s  YouTube and Google Play store are suspending all payment-based services in Russia, including subscriptions, as Western sanctions start to pose banking challenges in the country.

  • Google will also pause ads for advertisers based in Russia across its properties and networks globally, the company said. This is in addition to the company’s recent suspension of ads in Russia.
  • Google and YouTube had earlier stopped selling online advertising in Russia following similar pauses by Twitter Inc and Snap Inc. Inc after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

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As the war in Ukraine continues, companies as varied as ExxonMobil, Visa, McDonald’s and The Coca-Cola Company have suspended sales in Russia. Tech companies like Adobe, Apple and PayPal have joined in over the last couple of weeks.

TechCrunch queried the world’s top cloud infrastructure vendors (including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Cloudflare) to find out how each was reacting to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Each company let their public blog posts stand as the message they wished to share, with the exception of Google Cloud, which sent a brief statement stating its position.

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Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.


There are several other organizations to support:

  • Army SOS, which develops drones;
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