Google Play ban in Russia

Google is restricting the operation of its app store in Russia. Users will now only be able to download free apps from Google Play.

The IT giant explained the decision by a breach of payment systems, which led to the suspension of the Google Play payment system. "During the suspension, users will not be able to purchase apps and games in Russia via Google Play, pay for subscriptions or purchase digital products within the app. Free apps remain available on Play Market.

Additionally, YouTube has completely prohibited video creators from monetizing for Russian audiences, including Premium subscriptions, Music Premium, sponsorship, super chat, super stickers, and merchandise. The changes will not affect audiences outside the country, the company said.

In March, Google temporarily shut down advertising to Russian users due to "emergencies" and events in Ukraine, which also impacted YouTube.