Russia dangers inflicting new-year IT employee flight with distant working regulation By Reuters

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By Alexander Marrow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s buffetted IT sector dangers dropping extra employees within the new 12 months due to deliberate laws on distant working, as authorities attempt to lure again a number of the tens of hundreds who’ve gone overseas with out prompting them to chop ties utterly.

Having comparatively transportable jobs, IT employees featured prominently among the many many Russians who fled after Moscow despatched its military into Ukraine on Feb. 24 and the a whole bunch of hundreds who adopted when a navy call-up started in September.

The federal government estimates that 100,000 IT specialists at present work for Russian corporations abroad.

Now, laws is being mooted for early this 12 months that would ban distant working for some professions.

Hawkish lawmakers, fearful that extra Russian IT professionals may find yourself working in NATO international locations and inadvertently sharing delicate safety data, have proposed banning some IT specialists from leaving Russia.

However the Digital Ministry mentioned in December {that a} whole ban may make Russian IT corporations much less efficient, and so much less aggressive: “In the long run, whoever can appeal to essentially the most proficient employees, together with these from overseas, will win.”


Whereas many disillusioned younger Russians have gone to international locations corresponding to Latvia, Georgia or Armenia the place the Russian language is broadly spoken, a number of have made a much bigger leap – to Argentina.

IT specialist Roman Tulnov, 36, mentioned he didn’t plan on returning to Russia beneath any circumstances.

“I had needed to go away for a while. On Feb. 24, all the pieces turned clear. I understood that there was no extra life in Russia,” he mentioned, crediting mobilisation particularly for the chance to work six instances zones away and nonetheless preserve his job.

“Earlier than mobilisation, nobody considered giving the go-ahead for individuals to maneuver to who-knows-where.”

Vyacheslav Volodin, the highly effective chairman of Russia’s decrease home of parliament or State Duma, has mentioned he needs to see increased taxation for employees who’ve moved overseas.

Product designer Yulia, 26, estimated {that a} quarter of her staff would slightly give up than return to Russia beneath duress.

“Such a non-alternative alternative is a bit like negotiating with terrorists: ‘Come again or we’ll make your job unattainable, and on your firm and staff’,” she mentioned.

Some expatriate Russians may also be delay paying tax altogether. Private revenue tax of 13% is deducted routinely from staff who’re resident, however those that work for Russian-based corporations from overseas are left to their very own gadgets.

Skilled on-line poker participant Sasha, 37, additionally dwelling in Argentina, mentioned he had now stopped paying Russian taxes.

“While you pay taxes you assist the state and its navy enlargement,” he mentioned. “I am not paying and do not plan to.”

(This story has been corrected to say “this 12 months” in paragraph 4)

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