This article is not about politics, government policies, or war. This article is about the companies that provide services and technology to developers located in a country that is being blocked.
What is the impact on Russian developers? Basically, they are seeing their cloud accounts shut down. They are also seeing their ability to even have a payment account, such as PayPal, shut down.
The impact on developers in Russia will be significant. They are basically shut off from technology and services. These events will affect their ability to work in technology; small businesses will fail; families will suffer.
More than 400 companies have withdrawn, at least temporarily, from Russia [link]. I cannot imagine the impact at department stores. Common consumer goods and food products are gone. Most of the world’s major banks are either shutting down operations in Russia or cutting off Russia economically. Individuals and companies have no method of receiving payments or sending money outside of Russia.
I have spent a few weeks in Russia during Christmas and New Year. I have many friends who are Russian and Ukrainian. I learned the basics of Russian and Ukrainian languages including reading and writing. Nobody I know supports this war in Ukraine.
In most of the world, citizens can speak up to their government. In Russia, you express an opinion against the government and you might spend the rest of your life in prison. There is a big difference between the Russian people and their communist government.
The tragedy of the Russia – Ukraine war is tragic for so many.
Akamai is suspending all sales efforts in Russia and Belarus and terminating business with state-majority-owned Russian and Belarusian customers [link].
AWS is no longer accepting new sign-ups in Russia or Belarus [link]. Amazon has no data centers in Russia. As a matter of policy, AWS does not do business with the Russian government.
Cloudflare has not shut down services in Russia. Cloudflare stated that Russia needs the Internet, even more, today [link].
Cogent Communications is one of the largest Internet backbone companies. On March 4, 2022, they terminated all network services to Russia. Cogent also reclaimed all IP address space. Not having IP addresses can be fatal for companies that depend on the Internet for business. Kentik has an interesting series of posts about how devasting this will be for Russia [link].
Google has suspended sales in Russia and is not accepting new Google Cloud customers [link]. Google has suspended Google Ads in Russia and paused the majority of its commercial activities. Russian customers can no longer use the payment functionality for most of their services. YouTube has stopped monetizing viewers in Russia.
Free services such as Search, Gmail and YouTube are still operating in Russia.
IBM has suspended all business in Russia [link].
Microsoft has suspended new sales in Russia [link].
Oracle has withdrawn all operations in the Russian Federation and Belarus. Oracle has also withdrawn all services and support for Russian and Belarusian companies, subsidiaries, and partners. [link]
SAP said it was endings its operations in Russia after doing business there for more than 30 years. The company said it would focus on “responsibly managing the impact” on employees involved with its Russian business. [link]
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