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Hundreds of Russia's Top Software Developers May Have Left the Country

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Tech talent is among the estimated 200,000 men who have fled Russia amid the prospect of being drafted for the war effort.

Credit: The Times

Hundreds of top software developers appear to have exited Russia during its invasion of Ukraine, with many leaving before Russian president Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization last month.

Nearly 23% of Russian developers who contributed the most to coding projects on the GitHub software development platform changed their location data or deleted their profiles between February 2021 and June 2022.

Johannes Wachs, an assistant professor at Vienna University of Economics and Business, who analyzed data of active GitHub developers a year before the invasion and several months into the war, says the most active developers and those most central to GitHub are likely to leave.

Samuel Bendett at U.S. think tank the Center for a New American Security suggests the exodus could seriously undermine Russia's economy or workforce, which had few information technology workers to start with.

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