Google’s announcement to clients in Crimea that the company’s services would no longer be accessible after January 31 has prompted local business owners to switch to alternatives, including the popular Russian internet company and search engine Yandex, Rossiyskaya Gazeta has reported.
Google announced this week that its Google Apps services would no longer available to Crimean-registered accounts. In a letter written to users, the company noted that “we are obliged to comply with the recently adopted international sanctions, and users will not be able to access Google Apps from inside Crimea from January 31, 2015. Since access to Google for accounts located in Crimea will be suspended, we strongly recommend that you export your data prior to January 31.”
The announcement follows news from earlier in the week that Google AdSense would block Crimean customers’ accounts beginning January 23.