Disney and Sony suspend the release of their films in Russia

Entertainment giants Disney and Sony Pictures suspended the theatrical release of their films in Russia following the Ukraine invasion, emulating other companies that have chosen to pull out, temporarily or not, from the country. “Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are suspending the theatrical release of films in Russia, including the upcoming Red alert by Pixar”Disney said in a statement Monday.

“We will make future business decisions based on how the situation develops”, It is added. Meanwhile, Disney says it is working with NGOs to provide emergency aid and other forms of humanitarian assistance to refugees. Sony Pictures, a subsidiary of the Japanese group Sony, also announced that it was suspending the release of its films in Russian cinemas, including that of Morbiushis new blockbuster in the world of superheroes.

Sony Pictures justified its decision in a press release from “the continued military action in Ukraine, the resulting uncertainty and the humanitarian crisis unleashed in this region”. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected and we hope that this crisis is quickly resolved.”added Sony Pictures.

Other multinationals have distanced themselves from Russia since its invasion of Ukraine. Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft took steps Monday to limit the spread of information from media outlets affiliated with the Russian government. Much more drastically, the British oil companies BP and Shell have announced that they will divest themselves of their shares in joint projects with Russian groups in Russia. However, it remains difficult for some foreign companies to disengage from Russia overnight, by closing factories or supermarkets.

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