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Tinder leaves Russia more than 400 days after it invaded Ukraine

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Russians will lose access to the US dating app Tinder at the end of June, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Match Group, which Tinder belongs to, indicated that the reason for the decision was the need to protect human rights. Many Western companies have withdrawn from Russia after the country’s military invasion of Ukraine, which has been going on for 433 days.

“We are determined to defend human rights” – wrote Match Group in the annual stock exchange report. “Therefore, our brands have limited, and from June 30 will completely eliminate access to applications on the Russian market,” it added.

The Match Group company owns many dating apps, and in addition to Tinder, it also owns e.g. Hinge and PlentyOfFish.

Read also: Russian invasion of Ukraine for 433 days. Relation

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Another reason to leave Russia

Jeff Perkins, director of Friends Fiduciary, one of the main shareholders of Match Group, pointed out that companies whose success depends on the reputation and trust of customers have an additional reason to leave Russia.

“Staying in a country whose leader is being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court would not put them in a very favorable light,” Perkins said.

The ICC issued an arrest warrant Vladimir Putin in March, accusing him of the war crime of forcibly deporting thousands of Ukrainian children to Russia. The ICC also placed an arrest warrant on the Russian Commissioner for Children’s Affairs, Maria Lvova-Belova.

Read also: The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

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