Amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, the country is paying a heavy price for openly attacking a sovereign nation. We have seen unprecedented economic sanctions that have effectively crippled the ruble and ostracized Russia from the financial community. The companies have halted operations in the country, and Microsoft has now removed Minecraft from Russian app stores.
The world’s most popular game is no longer available on the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) in Russia. It was almost inevitable when Microsoft announced last week that it would cease all sales in the country.
Apple, Google and a host of other tech giants have taken a similar stance, while Facebook has been banned in Russia. So not only is the country now cut off economically and politically, but also technologically.
There is a debate to be had about the end of the punishments against the Putin regime and the punishments against normal people in Russia beginning. It should be noted that the Russians are being fed lies by the Putin government. The party line is that Ukraine is a Nazi nation and Russian forces liberate the country.
One question is to what extent do these lies convince people in Russia. There are reports of growing protest against the invasion inside the country as the truth slowly seeps out. For now, there is no doubt that sympathy goes entirely to Ukraine and the Russian people who are reaping what their government sows.
In addition to ceasing sales and removing Minecraft, Microsoft has also banned Russian news sites from its platforms. Additionally, the company is actively assisting Ukraine in thwarting Russian-based cyberattacks.
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