WIRED: Google’s Russian Empire Faces an Uncertain Future

WIRED: Google’s Russian Empire Faces an Uncertain Future. “In 2021, there were more than 91 million YouTube users in Russia, a country of 144 million people, according to data analytics company Statista. But Google’s commercial empire is crumbling. On March 10, the company announced it would suspend all its paid-for services in Russia due to ‘payment system disruption’ linked to Western sanctions. The same month, Google started relocating staff from its Moscow office to other countries, with many moving to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, according to employees’ LinkedIn profiles. In May, Google’s Russian subsidiary filed for bankruptcy after a court order froze its main bank account.”

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