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Netflix will defy a new requirement by Russia's technology and communications regulator Roskomnadzor to carry state-run television channels on its streaming service in response to the country's conflict with Ukraine.
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In December, Roskomnadzor added Netflix to its list of "audiovisual services" that would need to comply with a new requirement on March 1 to carry as many as 20 local news, sports and entertainment channels. According to the Moscow Times, these include Channel One, NTV and Spas, a channel run by the Russian Orthodox Church. The law applies to any audiovisual service that reaches more than 100,000 subscribers.
"Given the current situation, we have no plans to add these channels to our service," a Netflix spokesperson told FOX Business.