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For Russian tech firms, Putin's crackdown ended their global ambitions

20 Apr 2022 · 7 min read

When the Kremlin wanted to compete with the West economically and in the contest for skilled workers more than a decade ago, its well-educated officials helped nurture homegrown answers to Google, Facebook and tech-security companies such as Symantec.

The top Russian search engine, Yandex, sold shares on Nasdaq. The big social network VKontakte got a major investment from an oligarch's company as that firm sold stock, and the antivirus maker Kaspersky Lab expanded rapidly in other countries to become one of the best-known Russian exports.

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