TechCrunch: Yandex shifts focus to ya.ru as it heads for media exit in Russia

TechCrunch: Yandex shifts focus to ya.ru as it heads for media exit in Russia. “TechCrunch has learned that Russia search giant Yandex is to switch from using yandex.ru as its main front page for Russian-speaking users to ya.ru — a less trafficked domain it’s owned since 2000 that, historically, has only hosted a basic search engine page. Imagine if Google decided to de-emphasize google.com in favor of a less popular domain it also owns and you’ll get an inkling of how big a shift this looks to be for the Russian internet landscape.”

How Russia’s Leading Search Engine Spreads Kremlin Propaganda on Ukraine: Introducing ASD’s Yandex Dashboard (Alliance for Securing Democracy)

Alliance for Securing Democracy: How Russia’s Leading Search Engine Spreads Kremlin Propaganda on Ukraine: Introducing ASD’s Yandex Dashboard . “To better understand Russia’s information environment, the Alliance for Securing Democracy developed a dashboard to show what a Russian citizen or a Russian language speaker outside Russia’s borders would see on the leading Russian language search engine and news aggregator Yandex.ru. ASD’s Yandex Dashboard catalogues the information and sources that Russian speakers encounter as part of general news consumption, as well as when actively seeking information about the war in Ukraine, through Yandex’s search engine.”

Meduza: Deal or no deal? Yandex is looking to sell Russian assets, sources tell Meduza. The company says otherwise.

Meduza: Deal or no deal? Yandex is looking to sell Russian assets, sources tell Meduza. The company says otherwise. . “Internet giant Yandex is looking for buyers for its Russian assets Yandex Search, Yandex.Mail, and the movie database Kinopoisk, a source close to the company’s co-founder Arkady Volozh told Meduza. This was corroborated by another source close to the company’s management.”

CTech: Yandex wants to move its headquarters to Israel but has some conditions

CTech: Yandex wants to move its headquarters to Israel but has some conditions . “Arkady Volozh, one of the founders of Yandex, wrote to the Israeli Prime Minister and three ministers telling them that he has decided to move the company’s headquarters to Tel Aviv. He is seeking special conditions for the company’s non-Israeli workers as he attempts to move the ‘Russian Google’ away from Russia and the sanctions.”

Update: Yandex seeks new electricity contract as Finland data center runs on diesel (Data Center Dynamics)

Data Center Dynamics: Update: Yandex seeks new electricity contract as Finland data center runs on diesel. “The 40MW facility in Mäntsälä, Finland, was cut off on 25 April because Yandex’s electricity contract had run out, according to local news services. The data center appears to be running at reduced capacity on its diesel generators and is putting little or no heat into the district heating system, which is now being fed using light fuel oil and natural gas, according to Nivos.”

TechCrunch: Yandex signs deal with VK to sell its media products, News and Zen

TechCrunch: Yandex signs deal with VK to sell its media products, News and Zen. “In further fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Yandex, the company that’s sometimes referred to as the ‘Google of Russia’, has signed a term sheet to sell its media division to VKontakte (VK), aka the local Facebook equivalent. Yandex confirmed it has signed a term sheet to divest its news aggregator (News) and blogging/infotainment platform (Zen) with VK today. But it declined to provide further detail on the transaction that’s been agreed with VK, including financial terms.”

Moscow Times: Turmoil at ‘Russia’s Google’ Amid Sanctions, War and Censorship

Moscow Times: Turmoil at ‘Russia’s Google’ Amid Sanctions, War and Censorship. “When Tonia Samsonova started working for Russian tech giant Yandex in 2019, it was a company that shared her vision of using innovation to solve everyday problems. But after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Samsonova was dismayed to discover that the company’s media aggregator was implementing Kremlin censorship and displayed almost no information about the bloody conflict.”

East-West Digital News: Yandex scales back “many planned investments,” withdraws 2022 financial guidance

East-West Digital News: Yandex scales back “many planned investments,” withdraws 2022 financial guidance . “In the instable environment created by Russia’s war on Ukraine, Yandex’s annual report to the US Security Exchange Commission (SEC) provides details on a range of pressing business issues and potential company risks. The report was issued Thursday by Yandex’s Netherlands-headquartered mother company, which has been listed on the Nasdaq since 2011.”

Washington Post: For Russian tech firms, Putin’s crackdown ended their global ambitions

Washington Post: For Russian tech firms, Putin’s crackdown ended their global ambitions. “Yandex’s slow collapse, detailed here for the first time, shows how even the most advanced companies couldn’t be safe with their core operations in Russia, underscoring why entrepreneurs and investors predict that it will be years, if not decades, before they’ll be willing to reengage there again.”