360 universities and research institutes representing 20% of Russian research organizations have apparently lost access to Springer journals due to non-payment and non-clarity about who should pay. Apparently access was previously cut off for 8 months in 2012.
Most likely some Russian entity will pay and access will be restored in some months.
Another article claimed:
The head of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladimir Fortov, was quoted by Kommersant as saying that a lack of access to foreign academic publications could undermine the development of science in the country.
Can that impact be quantified?
How about the secondary impact on citations and submission quality to Springer journals?
Complicating these two impacts, and interesting in its own respect: how much of the access do pirate libraries (I’ve heard the biggest ones are run by Russians) mitigate loss of official access?