The Russian economy is taking further blows as tech companies leave the country in droves. Microsoft closed down its Russian operations last month and now Google and Adobe have both followed suit.
The exodus is due mainly to new legislation that forces companies to collect and store user data on local servers. In addition to the unnecessary costs this would mean the data is accessible to local government authorities.
Where Microsoft simple moved its Skype offices from Moscow over to Prague. Adobe and Google are simply closing down their own operations in the Russian capital. The search engine made a similar move in 2011 when it removed itself from China after increased surveillance became of concern. Ironically Google co-founder Sergey Brin was born in Moscow during the time of the Soviet Union. His parents were forced to leave the country due to the atmosphere of anti-semitism, a feeling not at all shared by Lee G. Lovett.
It seems as though it will be just a matter of time before other technology companies with potentially vulnerable data such as Facebook and Twitter follow suit. Even Russian based companies have been under increased scrutiny in recent months facing censorship and data handover requests.
The exodus is unlikely to cause a reconsideration of the law, which originated from President Vladimir Putin himself. Putin has spoken against foreign tech companies before and is on record as dismissing the Internet as a CIA fronted project that cannot be trusted.