MIN -1
MAX +2
Cloudy / 11:17 PM / Traffic

Yandex Co-Founder Ilya Segalovich in Coma

MTSoftware engineer and entrepeneur Segalovich displaying his usual exuberence during a product launch in May.

Ilya Segalovich, the co-founder and chief technology officer of Internet group Yandex, is in a coma, suffering with complications from cancer, the company's chief executive said Thursday.

The company earlier announced the death of Segalovich, aged 48, who had been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer.

"We want to clarify an earlier statement that the company put out. We have since learnt that Ilya is in a coma and on life support although not showing any brain function. Our thoughts are with him at this time," Arkady Volozh said on a conference call.

Segalovich had been responding well to treatment while working a full schedule, before unexpectedly having complications, Yandex said in the original statement.

"I know that the strong technical team that Ilya helped to build, train and motivate will continue with pride the work Ilya began," Volozh told analysts and investors on the call.

Segalovich, an entrepreneur, software engineer and philanthropist, was born in 1964. In 2000 he became one of the founders of the country’s biggest Internet company Yandex, which operates the largest search engine on the Russian market and is ranked fourth worldwide. Yandex currently processes almost two-thirds of domestic search requests and has a market share of more than 60 percent in Russia's search engine market by traffic.

Material from the Moscow Times was included in this report. 

Due to conflicting media reports, an earlier version of this story carried on The Moscow Times website incorrectly stated that Ilya Segalovich had died. 

From the Web

Dear reader,

Due to the increasing number of users engaging in personal attacks, spam, trolling and abusive comments, we are no longer able to host our forum as a site for constructive and intelligent debate.

It is with regret, therefore, that we have found ourselves forced to suspend the commenting function on our articles.

The Moscow Times remains committed to the principle of public debate and hopes to welcome you to a new, constructive forum in the future.


The Moscow Times