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Dec
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It seems like we can't go more than a week or two without hearing that one of Google's content services has rolled out to a new country. Today, Russia is getting in on the action with Play Books and Movies now available throughout the country. You can purchase books like normal, and movies are available both for rental and purchase.

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Prices for movie rentals start at around 49 rubles (USD$1.60) and purchases start at 99 rubles (USD$3.22). There are a number of major studios on board, including many American companies such as 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, Paramount, and Sony, as well as local production houses like Central Partnership (Централ Партнершип).

Last week it was Brazil, now Russia. Can't wait for next week.

Source: Google+

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Велком то зе плэй стор, товарищи.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      No, you may not invade Turkey.

      • Aegeuss

        But we welcome you here as a guest in Turkey :) St. Petersburg is a fantastic city, though.

    • fixxmyhead

      i knew u were a commie :P

      • defred34

        Commie = communist?

        • fixxmyhead

          Yes in case u didn't know artem is a commie. Just look at his name

          • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

            What does a Russian-sounding name have to do with a villainous political ideology, other than its country of origin?
            (I come from a country that was occupied by the Soviets for decades, so we are usually sensitive to these carefree talks about anything communist-related.)

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Nah, he's just playing around. No offense taken.

            Now back to my invasion plans.

    • Raphaël Briand

      "Welcome to the play store, tovarish"?

  • http://twitter.com/OleIChristensen Ole I. Christensen

    It's about time it becomes our turn in the Royal Kingdom of Denmark!

    • Flaz3r

      or how about Sweden?

      • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

        or any other country... really, Google is way back behind Apple on this, sadly.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          Which is positively shocking. I mean, Apple's only been distributing digital content since 2001, whereas Google began selling digital goods aside from apps a year and a half ago. Really, where's Google been this whole time?

          • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

            I know, of course. If my comment sounded like complaining, it was not supposed to. I am all for Google and it is natural that their service is of a smaller scope since they started a decade later, nevertheless, the current situation is that Apple provides much more and that could be a deciding factor for many users. So, what I wanted to say is that Google should try to match Apple as soon as possible, for its own good and for the users as well.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

            Yeah, they definitely need to, but I think they're working on it. Like I said in the article, Brazil last week, Russia this week, there was also talk of Magazines coming to the UK this week, too. Not to mention all the Maps expansions all over the place. It's happening, but it's just something that's gonna take a little time. I'm confident that by this time next year, though, there will be far fewer countries that lack Play Store offerings in some form.

  • Sergey Otro

    It's sad that Google expanding their services only to Russia and excluded Ukraine.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Are you really surprised? They're separate countries anyway (Ukraine made it a big point to be independent), so they are treated as such by Google as well. There are different laws, content, markets, priorities due to the market size, piracy levels, etc.

      • Sergey Otro

        I'm not surprised, but confused a little. It's because Apple presented their iTunes Store both to Russia and Ukraine, but Google doesn't.

    • bsdrules

      If you were still part of the USSR, then you too could have........oh wait...

  • http://twitter.com/xhaxol Vetal

    is it possible for me to use the russian market in the usa, I would like to buy russian books or movies here in the US of A

  • Russian

    PARVA HALEN BUOHÓK VALASTRUK VRUM VRUM MALKETUNKEK! o/

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    How about Greece? i would love to actually be able to get the full google experience here.

  • defred34

    Please come to Malaysia soon...Please come to Malaysia soon... Please come to Malaysia soon!!!

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Mmm, putting aside a life-long ex-USSR tradition of pirating just any piece of virtual goods - good move, Google!
    Yes, Russians can buy $600 device, then proceed to fill it with $1 pirated soft and movies right away. And we have the very same attitude here in Ukraine.