With Samsung following Apple in suspending all shipments to Russia, two companies that together account for about half of all smartphone sales in the country have now paused distribution to Russian buyers.
Samsung, the South Korean technology giant, made its announcement in a statement Saturday. When Apple said earlier this week that it was suspending sales in Russia, the company drew praise on Twitter from Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov.
The moves are part of a wider exodus of companies from Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, one that has encompassed brands in automobiles, luxury retail and many other sectors.
For big technology firms, Russia is a relatively small cellphone market. Sales there account for less than 3% of all smartphone units shipped around the world, according to market research by the International Data Corp.