Anonymous, an online hacker collective, has posted a message on their Twitter feed, accompanied with a graphic made out of logos from several companies.
“We call on any enterprises that continue to operate in Russia by paying taxes to the Kremlin’s criminal regime to get out of Russia!” the message continues.
We’ve given you 48 hours to think about it and withdraw, or you’ll be under our [sic] target!”
The organisation then sent out a separate tweet directed at Nestle, a Swiss food company that has yet to halt business in Russia or even inform the public about their plans to do so in the future.
“Nestle, you have been warned and now breached as the death toll rises,” it said.
“Anonymous holds you accountable for the murders of defenceless mothers and children.”
Press Release: We call on all companies that continue to operate in Russia by paying taxes to the budget of the Kremlin's criminal regime: Pull out of Russia! We give you 48 hours to reflect and withdraw from Russia or else you will be under our target! #Anonymous #OpRussia pic.twitter.com/7HO9UzeBoc
— Anonymous TV 🇺🇦 (@YourAnonTV) March 20, 2022
While it remains to be seen how much weight the group’s remarks carry, users were split on whether the hackers were justified in threatening the companies, with many claiming that shutting down their operations in Russia would be a difficult task for all organisations.
“Burger King and Subway can’t do that since they’re franchises in Russia,” one commenter explained.
When the two fast-food behemoths ordered their local businesses to close, their business partners resisted, leaving them with little choice but to comply.
Others, however, disproved these reasons, with one commenter adding, “Burger King and Subway corporate offices can stop supplying franchises with products.”
That’s all there is to it.”
Other firms named by Anonymous, including as Citrix, Otis, and Citigroup, have already closed their Russian operations or are preparing to do so in the near future.