TASS reported on the 25th that Hayao Miyazaki’s animation works, which are popular in Russia, such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away,” will not be available for viewing on online distribution services from June 1st. Sources say the Russian distributor failed to renew its contract with Studio Ghibli.
On the 25th, Kinopoisk, a prominent Russian video distribution company, displayed “Available until May 31st” on the screen of Miyazaki’s animation. Tass says that works such as “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and “Princess Mononoke” will also be “not available online.”
After the invasion of Ukraine in February last year, US movie giants Warner Bros. and Walt Disney suspended their operations in Russia.