Such giants as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Starbucks suspend all their operations in Russia. PokerStars also joined that team of companies with a conscience yesterday, on the 9th of March, 2022. This move by the most famous online poker cardroom was made due to a desire to ensure its reputation and to support Ukraine. A fast-growing list of businesses that have suspended all operations in Russia is growing yearly, and for sure, we will see a lot of brands and individuals joining this list shortly.
Important update: we are suspending all our services in Russia.
— PokerStars (@PokerStars) March 9, 2022
Most followers in different social networking sites came to the defence of PokerStars for its decision and voiced support for their favourite online poker cardroom. One guy on the web even suggested banning players from Belarus.
The European Poker Tour (EPT) under the auspices of PokerStars was scheduled for March 18-27 in Sochi, Russia, but it also was cancelled along with dozens of sports and intellectual competitions.
Alongside McDonald’s, Starbucks and Coca-Cola, General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota and Nissan also exited the Russian market. Thousands of people who used to work for these companies are going to lose their jobs in a while.
Russia even uses the entertainment sphere. Netflix, Spotify, Walt Disney, Universal Pictures, WarnerBrothers and Sony Pictures have already left Putin’s territory. Visa, Mastercard and Microsoft are also on the list of businesses halting operations in Russia.
The main purpose of such great solidarity of companies is to send a message to Putin’s regime that they preach down the violation of the Ukrainian boundary and the unleashing of the war on its territory.