Live Nation, the largest event promoter in the world, has pledged to cease all professional ties with Russia. This move comes as a protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Live Nation joins the world in strongly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” the company says in a statement released to IQ Magazine. “We will not promote shows in Russia, and we will not do business with Russia. We’re in the process of reviewing our vendors so we can cease work with any and all Russian-based suppliers.”
Many other major players in the entertainment business have also altered and/or ceased their operations in Russia as well.
Oak View Group is a sports and entertainment firm with ties to numerous major stadiums around the United States that recently released the following statement:
“In light of the tragic conflict rapidly unfolding in Ukraine, Oak View Group has pledged to not do business in or with Russia, nor will we serve Russian brands in any of our venues on a global basis, effective immediately,” it said. “We stand with the people of Ukraine, we condemn the actions of Russia, and we hope our stance inspires others in our industry to take action where they can.”
Apple is another company that has altered its operations in Russia, pausing all product sales in the country.
“We have taken a number of actions in response to the invasion. We have paused all product sales in Russia. Last week, we stopped all exports into our sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and other services have been limited. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia. And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens,” an Apple spokesperson told ZDNet.
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