Moscow Times: Activists Occupy Yandex Founder’s $3.4M Amsterdam Home – Reports

Moscow Times: Activists Occupy Yandex Founder’s $3.4M Amsterdam Home – Reports. “A group of activists has occupied the multimillion-dollar Amsterdam home of EU-sanctioned Russian tech tycoon Arkady Volozh, Dutch media reported Monday. Volozh, 58, is the co-founder and former CEO of tech giant Yandex, Russia’s equivalent of Google. He stepped down in June after the European Union sanctioned him in its response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.”

Cybernews: Hackers created an enormous traffic jam in Moscow

Cybernews: Hackers created an enormous traffic jam in Moscow. “Dozens of drivers working for Yandex Taxi in Moscow likely had a frustrating day. Hackers breached the app, sending dozens of cars to the exact location, forming a traffic jam that lasted up to three hours. Reports on Twitter claim that cars were sent to the Kutuzovsky Prospekt, a major avenue in Moscow. One of the best-known objects in the area is the Stalinist-era building, the ‘Hotel Ukraina’ or Hotel Ukraine.”

New York Times: How War in Ukraine Roiled Russia’s ‘Coolest Company’

New York Times: How War in Ukraine Roiled Russia’s ‘Coolest Company’. “Often called ‘the coolest company in Russia,’ Yandex employed more than 18,000 people; its founders were billionaires; and at its peak last November, it was worth more than $31 billion. Then President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia invaded Ukraine. Almost overnight, as Western investors bolted from Russia and Western governments imposed harsh economic sanctions, its value dropped to less than $7 billion. The Nasdaq stock exchange suspended trading in its shares.”

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.”