Support The Moscow Times!

Russia Turns to Foreign IT Workers After Wartime Brain Drain

Hack Capital / unsplash

Russia is simplifying its bureaucratic requirements for foreign IT workers to live and work in the country, authorities announced Wednesday, in a reflection of how the country’s tech sector has been hit by the wartime exodus of Russian software engineers.

“The employment and residence permit acquisition procedures have been simplified for foreign citizens who are IT specialists,” Interior Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk said.

Foreign software engineers can now sign contracts with accredited Russian IT companies without the requirement to obtain work permits, the Interior Ministry said.

Their family members are entitled to apply for an indefinite residence permit through a simplified process after three months spent in Russia.

The Interior Ministry’s new rules also waive the requirement for Russian employers to obtain permission to hire foreign workers.

Russia’s latest measures to attract foreign talent follow efforts by both state and private companies to keep Russian workers in the country despite Western sanctions and political crackdowns.

Russia’s government estimates that 100,000 IT workers — or 10% of the nation’s tech workforce — have left the country since the invasion of Ukraine.

Officials say 80,000 of them continue to work for Russian companies from abroad.

Russian lawmakers proposed legislation earlier in 2023 that would ban workers in some sectors from working remotely from abroad.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more