Google Play was cut for the Russians: they left only free applications and games. Will there be a total lockdown?

These steps by Google and YouTube are explained by the position of the parent company Alphabet towards the situation that has been unfolding in Ukraine since February 24. Google has limited the use of its Google Play app store for residents of Russia. Now in Russia it will be possible to download only free applications and games.

Google’s subsidiary YouTube has closed all monetization-related features for users in Russia, as announced in a newsletter to content creators.

These steps by Google and YouTube are explained by the position of the parent company Alphabet towards the situation that has been unfolding in Ukraine since February 24. Since that moment, more than 200 companies have either suspended their activities in Russia or completely left the market.

Google Play was cut for the Russians: they left only free applications and games. Will there be a total lockdown?

As for the complete blocking of Google Play, they are not talking about it yet, but German Klimenko, head of the board of the Digital Economy Development Fund, said on Sputnik radio that blocking iOS and Android operating systems is quite possible in Russia.