Disney ‘taking steps to pause’ all business in Russia

Walt Disney Co. Studios in Burbank, California on February 17, 2021.

Los Angeles, March 11 The Walt Disney Company is working to pause all business in Russia following the country’s “unprovoked invasion of Ukraine”, a spokesperson said Thursday.

Last week, the entertainment and media conglomerate announced plans to halt the release of new movies in Russia, but now the company is taking additional steps to shut down the rest of its operations in the country, reports variety.com.

Disney has several linear channels and consumer product brands across Russia, as well as a cruise port located in St. Petersburg.

“Given the unrelenting assault on Ukraine and the escalating humanitarian crisis, we are taking steps to pause all other businesses in Russia. This includes content and product licensing, Disney Cruise Line activities, National Geographic magazine and tours, local content productions and linear channels,” the Disney spokesperson said.

“Some of those business activities we can and will pause immediately. Others — such as linear channels and some content and product licensing — will take time given contractual complexities.”

Walt Disney Co. Studios in Burbank, California on February 17, 2021.

Disney’s statement noted staff based in Russia will continue to be employed.

“Even as we pause these businesses, we remain committed to our dedicated colleagues in Russia, who will remain employed. And we continue to work with our NGO partners to provide urgent aid and other much-needed assistance to refugees,” the statement continued.

Russia has faced swift economic blowback to its decision to wage war on Ukraine.

In response to the country’s full-scale invasion, several entertainment companies, including Amazon, Netflix and WarnerMedia, have decided to pause or entirely withdrawal business in Russia, while all of the major studios have announced they will stop premiering their films in the country.

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