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This “tech” brain drain that worries the Kremlin


STORY - The massive departure abroad of this highly qualified workforce threatens Russia's economy, already under pressure from Western sanctions.

Correspondent in Moscow

The life of 32-year-old Nikolai took an unexpected turn last spring.

A few weeks after the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the foreign IT company that employed him left Russia.


I was offered either to give up my job, or to settle outside the country,"

says this specialist in automated control systems.

The choice was quickly made - direction, Kazakhstan, a country “

quite developed where the living conditions are completely normal


Hear, compared to Russia.

I moved because I don't support this war.

Besides, if I had stayed, I wouldn't be able to talk about all this openly.

And if I had resisted the regime, I would have gone to prison

“, he summarizes.

Based in Astana, Nikolaï divides his time between his work in information technology (IT), his main source of income, and his passion as a documentary photographer.

A journey that resembles that of many "


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Source: lefigaro

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