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MongoDB terminates Russian and Belarusian accounts, possibly leaving Russian IT firms in the lurch

The decision was taken to comply with sanctions which have been swift and unrelenting ever since Russia invaded Ukraine.

MongoDB, a cloud database platform, has decided to terminate accounts of users in Russia and Belarus in order to comply with sanctions imposed by the West in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to multiple accounts on Twitter. The company, in an email, informed its Russian and Belarusian users to download a backup as soon as possible if they have critical data with the company. https://twitter.com/BrodtOleg/status/1502587827783098371?t=tRXtssamLlkRf6Jgs8v6Eg&s=19 The data will become permanently unavailable once the termination kicks into effect, the email said in conclusion. The company did not reveal when it would commence operations or whether it was exiting Russia. The extent of the termination is unclear as the company has not put out any statement so far. https://twitter.com/PeterZaitsev/status/1502629522457473032 The move comes close on the heels of Russia's invasion of Ukraine which attracted global condemnation. The condemnation was followed by severe economic sanctions imposed by the US, Europe, and Japan. It is bound to affect hundreds of users in Russia and Belarus who depend on cloud database platforms like MongoDB to meet their business needs. https://twitter.com/dim0kq/status/1502372427589996545 The ban puts into focus the reliance of businesses on cloud computing and the importance of risk contingencies that need to be put in place. The implications could be severe as the lack of access to cloud platforms can put an end to IT business operations, thereby crippling an already-strained Russian economy. What measures have been taken by cloud companies against Russia? MongoDB had already announced earlier that it will offer free application…

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