Users of Google services in Russia will not be able to purchase apps and games or pay for subscriptions and purchases on the Play Store or YouTube.
Google suspends Play Store and YouTube payments in Russia
Google suspended the Play Store’s billing system on March 10 due to a “disruption of the payment system”, likely caused by sanctions imposed on the country’s banks. the giant of Technology announced the suspension in a support pagewhere he also said that Russian users can still download free apps and games.
Current subscriptions will not be terminated immediately, but cannot be renewed once terminated. Google has advised Russian developers to make their apps free and disable subscription services for now if they want to continue making them available for download.
According to Reuters, YouTube is also suspending all paid services for viewers in Russia, including YouTube Premium, channel subscriptions, Super Chat and merchandise sales. In-country creators can still monetize out-of-country viewers, who will still be able to use Super Chat and purchase their products.
Additionally, Google is suspending ads for all Russian-based advertisers on all of its properties worldwide, expanding other ad-related bans in place since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
YouTube previously blocked Russia Today (RT) and other public media channels from generating revenue. It also blocked their access across Europe following EU orders to ban their transmission. Google also blocked Russian state media from monetizing their content in its products and eventually stopped selling ads in Russia.