Russia without iPhones, Batman and sport: Zaborona on sanctions imposed in response to the war
On February 24, Russia started a war against Ukraine. World leaders have promised tough sanctions on Russian leadership — and have kept their word. But besides sanctions applied by governments, businesses, sports, media, and the financial market added their own: dozens of companies completely or temporarily restricted their operations in the territory of the aggressor state.
Zaborona keeps a track of the growing list of imposed sanctions. This list will be constantly updated.
News sanctions against Russia as of 12:00 p.m. March 8
Adidas: The German sportswear brand is temporarily closing stores in Russia and stopping online sales. Earlier, the company had already suspended its partnership with the Russian Football Union.
Ampol: One of Australia’s largest oil companies has refused to buy Russian crude oil.
Andersen: The Warsaw-based IT company is pulling out of Russia and breaking its partnerships with Russian clients.
Coinbase: The American crypto-exchange has blocked more than 25 thousand wallets associated with Russian individuals or legal entities. The company said that, according to the results of investigations conducted by Coinbase, the owners of the blocked wallets are engaged in illegal activities.
Deloitte: The international network of companies providing consulting and auditing services has suspended its work in Russia.
Depositphotos: The international photobank closed sales and access to the service to clients from Russia and Belarus.
Ernst & Young: The British accounting and consulting company, one of the largest in the world, is leaving Russia.
Estee Lauder: The American cosmetics company is suspending stores in Russia and closing online sales and suspending any investment in Russian business.
JCB: Japan’s largest payment system suspends operations in Russia. Cards issued in Russia will not work abroad, and cards issued in other countries will not work in Russia.
Levi Strauss&Co: The American clothing manufacturer, known by its Levi’s brand, is suspending any sales in Russia and refusing to make any future investments in the aggressor country’s business.
Nissan: The Japanese carmaker plans to stop the work of its plant in St. Petersburg in the near future, but does not give any reasons for this decision. Earlier, the company had already put the export of its cars to Russia on pause.
OBI: The German chain of DIY stores is stopping the work of all 27 branches in Russia.
Paulig: Finnish coffee brand stops selling its products in Russia.
Procter & Gamble: The American company, which owns such brands as Tide, Ariel, Pampers, Always, Tampax, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Safeguard, Old Spice, Gillette etc., is partially leaving the Russian market. The company is drastically reducing its assortment, leaving core hygiene and care products, ceasing all capital investment in Russia, and abandoning advertising.
Quacquarelli Symonds: The British rating company stops cooperating with Russian and Belarusian universities because of the war in Ukraine.
Sephora: French chain of perfume and cosmetics stores stops operations in Russia — Sephora closes its own stores in the aggressor country and stops online sales.
Ubisoft: The French game manufacturer, which owns the Assassin’s Creed franchise among others, has suspended sales of its products in Russia.
Upwork: The largest freelance exchange in the world suspends its work in Russia and Belarus. According to the head of Ukrainian Ministry of Digit, Mikhail Fedorov, Russian citizens won’t be able to register at Upwork anymore. Existing accounts will become invisible to customers, while current contracts should be terminated by May 1.
Valio: Finnish producer of sour-milk products announced that it is leaving the Russian market.
Viva Energy: The Australian oil company (one of the largest in the country along with Ampol) stops buying Russian crude oil.
Sanction updates as of 9:00 a.m. March 7
Danone: The French dairy producer is suspending investment projects in Russia. However, production of dairy products and baby food in the aggressor country will continue. The company also expressed solidarity with Ukraine and announced that it had donated 500,000 euros to the Red Cross Committee.
Fazer: The Finnish manufacturer of bakery and confectionery products decided to stop all its operations in Russia. The company has three bakeries in St. Petersburg and one in Moscow, all of which are shutting down. In addition, Fazer had previously suspended exports of its products from Finland to Russia and stopped all investments.
FHCM: The Haute Couture Federation cancelled Russian fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin’s online show during Paris Fashion Week because he did not comment in any way on Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.
KPMG: One of the world’s largest accounting firms suspends its business in Russia and Belarus and disconnects its offices in those countries from its international network.
Netflix: The American streaming service suspended operations in Russia because of the country’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Earlier, Netflix had already frozen its projects in Russia and stopped buying Russian content.
Nvidia: The largest manufacturer of video cards announced its withdrawal from the Russian market.
PVH Corp: The American company, which owns, among other brands, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, has been temporarily closing all of its stores in Russia and Belarus since March 7. Internet-shops have suspended their work as early as February 28.
PwC: The British company providing audit and consulting services is withdrawing from Russia and disconnecting Russian offices from its global network.
Spotify: Premium subscription to the Swedish streaming music service won’t be available in Russia because of the refusal of payment networks to cooperate with the aggressor country. Previously, the service had already closed its office in Russia.
TikTok: The Chinese service, which had previously blocked the accounts of the propaganda media RT and Sputnik in the European Union, is now stopping the publication of new content and live broadcasts in Russia because of the “fake news” law.
New sanctions as of 10:30 a.m. March 6
Adobe: The U.S. software maker has suspended sales of its services in Russia.
AZAL: Azerbaijan Airlines halts flights to Russia from March 6.
Buta Airways: The Azerbaijani air carrier suspends all flights to Russia from March 6.
Djinni: The anonymous job search sevice for programmers made the profiles of candidates from Russia and Belarus unavailable.
Epic Games: One of the most popular gaming platforms stops any commercial relations with Russia. However, the company has no plans to block access to games because all lines of dialogue should be open in a free world.
FIDAE: There will be no Russian companies at the international exhibition of military and aerospace equipment in Chile — the country’s government has withdrawn invitations previously sent to Russia.
IBM: One of the world’s largest manufacturers of all types of computers will no longer sell its products in Russia.
Neil Gaiman: The British writer will not renew publishing contracts for his books in Russia as long as “Putin and his administration are in power.”
Payoneer: American payment system stops working in Russia. As noted by the head of the Ministry of Digit, Russian freelancers will not be able to work with foreign clients.
Puma: German footwear and sportswear brand suspends the sale of its products in Russia — the stores are closing and delivery to the aggressor country is no longer available. In addition, the company has frozen its sponsorship contract with the Russian Basketball Federation.
Shell: Europe’s largest oil company, which withdrew from its joint ventures with Russia’s Gazprom, apologized for buying Russian crude oil and said it would donate the profits to help the people of Ukraine.
Stephen King: “King of Horrors” Stephen King is not going to renew contracts for his new books with Russian publishers.
TotalEnergies: The French oil company with major natural gas investments in Russia will no longer provide capital for new projects in the country in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
Sanctions news as of 5:30 p.m. March 5
BCBF: The Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy and related events, the BolognaBookPlus Fair and the Bologna Licensing Trade Fair, are suspending cooperation with Russian publishers.
Book World: The Prague literature festival and fair “Book World” cancels Russia’s participation in this year’s event and annuls the contract with the Russian House.
Coursera: The educational platform stops its activity in Russia.
Frankfurter Buchmesse: The organizers of the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany have suspended cooperation with Russia.
Haas: The American Formula 1 team has terminated its partnership with Russia’s Uralkali and racer Nikita Mazepin, son of oligarch and Uralkali owner Dmitry Mazepin.
Inditex: The Spanish retail company which owns such brands as Zara, Bershka, Pull & Bear, Oysho, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius and Uterqüe, is closing its stores in Russia.
Komatsu: The Japanese manufacturer of construction, mining, forestry and military equipment stops deliveries to Russia due to logistic difficulties and uncertainty of the financial and economic situation
Reed Exhibitions Ltd: The British company which organizes The London Book Fair announced that there will be no Russian pavilion at the book fair on April 5-7, 2022.
Revolut: The British fintech company banned money transfers in Russia and Belarus.
Rockstar Games: The American computer games publisher, known for GTA, Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne, has suspended sales of games in its digital store in Russia.
Tbilisi International Book Festival: The International Book Festival in the Georgian capital Tbilisi completely suspends cooperation with all Russian publishers. At the same time, there were no representatives of the Russian authorities at the event before, because the organizers did not want to become a source of Russian propaganda in Georgia.
New sanctions overnight as of March 5
AIBA: International Boxing Association bans Russian athletes from international competitions.
Acronis: IT company with Russian roots that develops data protection solutions stops all operations in Russia.
Activision Blizzard: The US computer games distributor (among them Call of Duty and Diablo) halts sales in Russia.
Booking: The accommodation booking service no longer allows users to search and book accommodations within Russia. However, the company has not yet made an official statement on this.
Carlsberg: The Danish brewery stops new investments in Russia as well as exports from other Carlsberg Group companies to its Baltika breweries in Russia.
Cartier: French jewellery house closes its shops in Russia
Cogent Communications: The backbone Internet provider stops serving Russian customers. Rostelecom, VimpelCom, MegaFon, TTC, Yandex and VK cooperate with Cogent Communications. It is not yet clear how this will affect the companies’ operations.
Electronic Arts: The American company responsible for such computer games as FIFA, The Sims and Need for Speed, has stopped sales in Russia. Earlier the company said that Russian and Belarusian national clubs will be removed from the games FIFA 22 and NHL 22.
EPFL: The Association of European Professional Football Leagues has expelled the Russian Premier League and the Football National League.
Foster+Partners: The British architectural firm stops work on all projects in Russia.
Heineken: The Dutch concern temporarily stops exporting beer to Russia.
Henkel: The German household chemicals and cosmetics manufacturer is freezing future investments in Russian business, suspending its advertising campaign in the state media and scaling down sponsorship activities. However, the company will continue to supply its products to the aggressor country.
Kering: The French corporation, which specialises in luxury goods, is moving away from the Russian market. Kering owns such brands as Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent.
LVMH: The French group owning 75 luxury brands from Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Guerlain to Moet & Chandon, Hennessy, Chaumet is suspending its shops in Russia. That’s more than 120 boutiques.
PayPal: The payment company has suspended its operations in Russia.
Rolls-Royce: The British luxury car manufacturer temporarily halts deliveries of its products to Russian car dealerships.
Samsung: The South Korean electronics manufacturer is freezing sales and supplies of products and components to Russia.
Storytel: The Swedish audiobook streaming service will suspend operations in Russia; in particular, it will not produce or purchase new content. At the same time, the service itself will remain available.
Sanctions list update as of 5:30 p.m. March 4
Cisco: U.S. manufacturer of networking equipment and software ceased operations in Russia and Belarus.
EPAM: American IT company, one of the largest in Ukraine, closes its Russian office and stops serving Russian clients.
FIG: The International Gymnastics Federation has forbidden Russian athletes and officials, including judges, to participate in competitions under its aegis.
Marks & Spencer: The largest British clothing manufacturer suspends shipments to Russia.
Microsoft: Bill Gates’ corporation stops selling new products and services on Russian territory.
Netscout: American manufacturer of software for security and network monitoring stops selling and supporting its products, in particular, Arbor servers — solutions for protection against DDoS attacks.
Panasonic: The Japanese manufacturer of household appliances and electronics suspended sales of its products in Russia “due to economic, logistical and other practical problems”.
Fresh sanctions as of 3 p.m. March 4
AMD: One of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer hardware, Advanced Micro Devices, is temporarily halting sales in Russia and Belarus.
Hermes: The French fashion house is temporarily closing its boutiques in Russia and pausing any commercial activity in the country.
Porsche: Luxury car brand owned by The Volkswagen Group stops supplies of its products to 26 showrooms in 20 Russian cities.
Sabre: The American corporation managing the air ticket reservation and sales system has terminated its agreement with Russia’s Aeroflot.
Swarovski: Austrian jewelry brand suspends its operations in Russia. Online sales of Swarovski products are no longer available to residents of this country.
New sanctions in the last 24 hours
AIIB: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank ceases operations in Russia.
Airbnb: The accommodation search service suspended its operations in Russia and Belarus.
Airbus: Europe’s largest aerospace corporation suspended its support of the aviation industry in Russia and the supply of spare parts to the aggressor country.
Alphabet: The parent company of Google stopped selling advertising in Russia.
American Express: The financial company refused to cooperate with Russian banks.
Autodesk: A major developer of software for construction and mechanical engineering stops working in Russia.
Boeing: An American manufacturer of aviation, space and military equipment suspended service and technical support for Russian airlines.
CBSS: The Council of the Baltic Sea States has excluded Russia from its membership.
CD Projekt RED: Polish developer of videogames such as “The Witcher” and “Cyberpunk 2077” stops selling its games in Russia and Belarus. At the same time, previously purchased copies of the games and applications for them remain available to users.
Embraer: The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer refused to supply Russia with spare parts for its aircraft and service the fleet of Russian companies. This decision affects in particular the Russian airline S7.
European Athletics: The European Athletics Association banned athletes from Russia and Belarus from participating in competitions under the auspices of its organization.
FIFe: The International Cat Federation has banned Russian cats from international shows. Restrictions will be in effect at least till May 31 — only then can they be reviewed.
H&M: Europe’s largest clothing chain is temporarily shutting down its operations in Russia. Other stores of the Swedish holding H&M Group, such as Arket, & Other Stories, Monki and Weekday, are closing as well.
Hermitage Amsterdam: The Netherlands museum broke off relations with the Russian Hermitage and temporarily shut down its space. An exhibition of the Russian avant-garde was taking place there at the time.
IBU: The International Biathlon Union banned athletes or officials from Russia and Belarus from international events. Biathletes from the two countries will only be able to compete as neutral athletes.
IKEA: One of the largest furniture and home improvement retailers suspends its stores in Russia.
IPC: The International Paralympic Committee rejected applications from athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in the 2022 Paralympics in Beijing, which begin on March 4.
Jysk: The Danish chain of furniture and home improvement stores is temporarily leaving the Russian market.
Lego: The second-largest toy manufacturer in the world suspended shipments of construction kits to 81 stores in Russia.
Live Nation Entertainment: One of the most powerful leaders in the concert industry announced that it is ending all business cooperation with Russia.
Mercedes-Benz: The German company is temporarily halting production in Russia. In addition, Moscow’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, which was supposed to take place from March 16 to 20, was also canceled.
OneWeb: British telecommunications company stops launching its satellites from Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Oracle: The world’s second-largest software maker has suspended operations in Russia. The company owns, among other things, the Java API and Oracle Database management system.
Spotify: The Swedish music streaming service has closed its office in Russia. At the same time, Spotify services are still available to Russians.
SWIFT: The European Union is disconnecting from the international interbank system 7 Russian banks, including VTB, Russia, Otkrytie, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, Sovcombank and VEB. RF.
The World Bank: The World Bank halted all programs in Russia and Belarus after «military action against the people of Ukraine».
Valve: The American game developer known for such projects as Half-Life, Counter Strike, Portal and Dota 2, has disabled the main methods of payment for users from Russia.
Venice Film Festival: The Venice Film Festival has banned Russian delegation from this year’s events. Independent Russian filmmakers will still be able to take part in the festival.
Volkswagen: The German motor vehicle manufacturer has halted its own production in Russia and any shipments to the aggressor country.
YIT: The Finnish construction company is stopping investments in land and housing in Russia.
Additional sanctions implemented yesterday
Electronic Arts: The American game developer will remove Russian and Belorussian national clubs from FIFA 22 and NHL 22 games.
Google: The American corporation restricted access to the electronic payment system Google Pay for a number of Russian banks. In addition, the company began to remove from Google Maps locations added by users within Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, as the occupiers started using them to coordinate their activities.
HP: American computer giant suspended exports to Russia.
Harley-Davidson: The motorcycle manufacturer has put all processes related to Russia on hold and halted sales of its products in the aggressor country.
Maersk: The Danish container shipping giant is temporarily halting shipments to and from Russia in light of the sanctions imposed on the country.
Mobile World Congress: The annual congress in Barcelona banned Russia from deploying its pavilion. The organizers also said they strongly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
NHL: The National Hockey League suspended relations with business partners in Russia and limited its Russian-language websites and social networking accounts. In addition, the NHL no longer considered Russia a location for any upcoming competitions.
Netflix: The American streaming service froze its projects in Russia and stopped buying Russian content. In particular, we are talking about the series “Anna K” where the classic story of Anna Karenina has been transferred to 1990s’ Russia.
Nike: The American company has stopped online sales of its products in Russia because it cannot guarantee delivery.
Paysera: The Lithuanian fintech company will no longer process transactions in Russian rubles, is closing accounts of its Russian clients and will limit money transfers to and from Russian and Belarusian banks.
PayPal: The online payment service stopped accepting new users in Russia.
Paramount: The Hollywood film studio stopped distribution of its upcoming releases in Russia.
Scania: The Swedish truck manufacturer stops exporting cars and parts to Russia.
Shell: Europe’s largest oil company is breaking off its joint ventures with Russia’s Gazprom. The company had invested $3 billion in Russia.
Toyota: The Japanese car manufacturer is shutting down its St. Petersburg plant as of March 4 due to disruptions in parts deliveries caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Apple. The American company has suspended the sales of its hardware in Russia and its export to the aggressor state. The work of the Apple Pay service is limited. RT News and Sputnik News applications have been removed from the Apple Store in all countries outside Russia.
Adidas. The German sportswear brand has suspended its partnership with the Russian Football Union.
AMD (Advanced Micro Devices): One of the largest CPU manufacturers in the United States has suspended supplies of microchips to Russia.
British Petroleum. The oil giant is giving up 19.75% of Rosneft’s shares he owns since 2013. CEO of BP Bob Dudley is leaving his position on the board of the Russian division.
BBC. The British broadcaster will no longer license its content to be shown on Russian TV.
BMW. The German company stops production of its cars in Russia and temporarily blocks the export of cars to the aggressor country.
Boeing. One of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers suspends operations of their engineering design center in Moscow, which employs ~1,100 workers.
Cannes Festival. The management of the film festival stated that it would not allow the participation of the Russian delegation. No one connected with the Russian government will be able to take part in the festival activities: “Until the war ends on terms that will satisfy the Ukrainian people.”
CEX.IO. The online digital currency exchange service bans clients from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.
Dell. An American computer manufacturer has suspended sales of its products in Russia.
DHL. Europe’s largest logistics company stops shipments to Russia.
Disney. The media corporation is suspending the distribution of all its movies in Russia due to “an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and a tragic humanitarian crisis.”
Ericsson. Swedish telecommunications equipment manufacturer suspends supplies to Russia.
Eurovision. The European Broadcasting Union has banned Russia from participating in this year’s 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
Exxon Mobile. One of the world’s largest oil companies plans to leave the Russian market and bans investments in any new developments in the aggressor country.
Facebook. The social network restricts access to RT and Sputnik’s media pages across the EU.
FedEx. American logistics company cancels deliveries to Russia.
FIFA. The global governing body of world football has excluded Russia and its teams from all competitions, including qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
Ford. The American carmaker is suspending operations in Russia until further notice.
Formula 1. The World Cup cancels the Grand Prix in Sochi, which was to take place from 23 to 25 September. Moreover, the agreement on further cooperation was terminated.
Hyundai. A South Korean company’s plant has stopped operating in St. Petersburg. Official reason — the lack of spare parts. It is emphasized that “there is no relation to Russia or Ukraine.”
Instagram. The service has restricted access to RT and Sputnik’s media pages across the EU.
Intel. The American company froze the sales of its products.
Jaguar Land Rover. The British carmaker has suspended deliveries of its cars to Russia due to “trade problems”. No further details were provided.
General Motors. The American carmaker has suspended exports of all vehicles to Russia until further notice.
Mango is temporarily closing its stores (including online) in Russia.
Mastercard. The international payment system has blocked Russian activities in its payment networks to comply with international sanctions.
Megogo. Ukrainian online cinema has stopped operating in Russia and is removing all content created in Russia from the library.
Mitsubishi. The Japanese car manufacturer will suspend the sales and production of its cars in Russia due to sanctions against the aggressor country.
Renault. The French company is partially halting car production at its factories in Russia due to logistics difficulties that have led to a “shortage of components.”
Skoda. The largest carmaker in the Czech Republic has cut production in Russia due to a shortage of supplies caused by the invasion. At the same time, the company declared its support for Ukraine and its readiness to help the employees of the Ukrainian Skoda plant in Transcarpathia “build a safe life in the Czech Republic.”
Sony Pictures. The American film company is pausing all its theatrical releases in Russia.
TikTok. The Chinese service blocked the accounts of the propaganda media RT and Sputnik in the European Union.
Twitter. The social network has banned users from Russia from creating new accounts.
UEFA. The Union of European Football Associations has further banned Russian clubs from participating in sporting events. In addition, it terminated a $50 million sponsorship deal with Russian energy giant Gazprom.
Universal. The film company is suspending screenings of its films in Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine.
UPS (United Parcel Service). One of the two largest logistics companies in the world (along with FedEx) is suspending deliveries to Russia.
Visa. The American corporation cut off Russian banks from its network.
Volkswagen. The German automaker has temporarily suspended deliveries of cars already in Russia to local dealers.
Volvo. The Swedish car brand has suspended car deliveries to Russia until further notice.
Warner Bros. The Hollywood film company is suspending the release of its film “Batman” in Russia.
Whitebit. The cryptocurrency exchange rejects new registrations from Russia.
YouTube. The American video service, owned by Google, blocked the Kremlin media channels RT and Sputnik, as well as suspended the monetization of several Russian channels.