Spotify will not go to Russia…

Spotify began making formal arrangements to launch its subscription and ad-driven streaming music services in Russia back in January of 2014, expecting to be open for business in October. But Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine, which has sparked a conflict resulting in thousands of deaths and has been met with steep economic sanctions from western democracies (in lieu of direct military action), has plunged Russia into economic near-chaos and prompted strongman leader Vladimir Putin to clamp down ever farther on Russian civil liberties and Internet freedoms. Putin, himself, calls the Internet a CIA plot and has enacted laws attempting to assure the Russian security apparatus’ continuing access to social media use by Russians.

UK’s Independent:  Spotify cancels launch in Russia for the ‘foreseeable future’