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Paramount Pictures has announced that it has halted the theatrical releases of all of its upcoming feature films, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2, in Russia. The confirmation from the studio comes following mainstream news reports of Russian forces invading Ukraine last week.

“As we witness the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, we have decided to pause the theatrical release of our upcoming films in Russia, including ‘The Lost City,’ and ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2," a spokesperson said in a statement (published by Variety).

"We stand by all those impacted by the humanitarian crisis across Ukraine, Russia, and our international markets and will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds."

The news follows similar moves from other Hollywood studios and companies such as Disney, Sony and Warner Bros, who are holding back future movie releases (but not already-released titles such as Uncharted, which will continue to play in theatres) in the country "in light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine."

Paramount has said it "will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds."

If you wish to support the humanitarian crisis taking place in Ukraine, there are a number of charities that are working to help the people of Ukraine, such as United Help Ukraine, Voices of Children and the British Red Cross.


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Very unfortunate for Russian fans, but it makes sense. One of the easiest ways to make a leader lose support is by making their citizens frustrated with how things are.

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Well, it's a very understandable decision. There's no excuse for making money with the regime that have blood of thousands peope on their hands and more than 58% of Russians are enthusiasthic about the war on Ukraine. 

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A very difficult topic indeed. Regarding the war I am 100% against Russia and with Ukraine, but it's still a difficult decision to deprive the russian people of products and services in order to influence the decisions of the russian state. Of course a stupid Hollwood movie about a cartoon hedgehog is literally the least important kind of product imaginable so it's not like the deprivation of this specific product matters, but I'm talking in general terms.

What this line of action also does is that it raises the question regarding when it is appropriate in other international conflicts, or conflicts within individual countries. I'm not going to state any examples though, neither real or hypothetical, since I'm sure people would then start discussing those specific examples instead of the general issue. But basically, is it generally alright to deprive a population of a product or service if the state that the population belongs to are doing bad things? And if so, is it ever alright to take similar actions against a state that is doing bad things to it's own population? Like if a state is absuing it's people, is it then ever a defendable idea to deny that people of something in order to put pressure on the state that abuses them? Difficult questions indeed, and questions which I personally don't know how to answer.

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