Russian IT professionals are moving abroad en masse to avoid military mobilisation, industry leaders have warned, despite official assurances that key technology workers will not be called up to fight in Ukraine.
A report earlier this year estimated that 10% of Russia’s IT staff had fled Russia.
Now, there are estimates up to 30% of Russian IT workers have left the country or are preparing to leave the country.
Russia is in demographic collapse. Sending their younger adults off to a war with a high fatality rate is devastating, plus millions are simply leaving Russia, likely for good. Putin is solidifying Russia’s future as a nation in decline.