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Digital Development Minister reveals how many IT specialists left Russia since Jan 2022

It is reported that some 100,000 IT specialists are currently outside the country

MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. About 100,000 IT specialists have left the Russian Federation since the beginning of 2022, which is up to 10% of the total number of Russian IT specialists, Minister for Digital Development Maksut Shadaev said during a government hour at the State Duma.

"If we take both waves of IT specialists’ departure into account, up to 10% of IT companies’ employees have left the country and have not returned. Many came back. But if we sum up, some 100,000 IT specialists are currently outside the country," the minister said.

80% of them continue working for Russian companies in friendly countries, Shadaev noted. "The key measure we suggest discussing is not to introduce a tough restriction on the remote work for such employees, because this will prompt them to become employed in foreign companies," he added.