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Netflix pauses future projects, acquisitions from Russia

The Netflix logo is seen on top of their office building in Hollywood, California (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Mohnish Singh

Netflix has reportedly put on hold all future projects and acquisitions from Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine.  

According to Variety, the streaming service had four Russian originals in the pipeline, including a crime thriller series directed by Dasha Zhuk, which was shooting and has been postponed.

Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is starring as "Anna K"
Svetlana Khodchenkova is starring as “Anna K”

The 1990’s set series was Netflix’s second original series filming in Russia, following “Anna K” which wrapped last year.

A source close to Netflix said the company was assessing the impact of current events.

On Monday, The Walt Disney Company announced it will be pausing all theatrical releases in Russia, including Pixar’s Turning Red, set to premiere there on March 10.

Walt Disney Company's Office
Walt Disney Company’s Office

A few hours after the announcement, Warner Bros halted the release of The Batman in the country.

The Batman

Russia has also been barred from major festivals and award shows.

The Cannes Film Festival announced on Tuesday that it will not welcome any Russian delegations or attendees with ties to the government.

Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival, however, announced it would show Russian films at the upcoming edition in August.

Switzerland's Locarno Film Festival
Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival

Russia’s intensifying attack on Ukraine has forced hundreds of thousands to leave the country in the last six days in what one UN official predicted could become Europe’s “biggest refugee crisis this century.”

Last Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in eastern Ukraine, claiming it is intended to protect civilians.

Stay tuned to this space for more updates!

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