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IBM layoffs begin in Russia

IBM said Tuesday it has begun laying off its entire Russian workforce as the company ends its operations in the country.

The big picture: IBM was one of a number of global businesses that suspended their operations in Russia back in March since Moscow’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine began.

Details: IBM employees who were kept on the payroll until now will be laid off as the company begins its “orderly wind-down” of business in Russia, the company said Tuesday.

  • “Our colleagues in Russia have, through no fault of their own, endured months of stress and uncertainty,” IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said in a memo released Tuesday.
  • “We recognize that this news is difficult, and I want to assure them that IBM will continue to stand by them and take all reasonable steps to provide support and make their transition as orderly as possible.”
  • IBM’s Russian website is no longer available.

Context: Recent US sanctions against Russian banks have made it harder for IBM to pay its employees, Reuters reports.

  • IBM told investors that ending business in Russia will not have a major impact on the company’s bottom line, Engadget reports.
  • IBM has a number of major customers in Russia, including federal banks and energy companies, Yahoo! Finance reports. The company also hosted its Think Summit in Moscow back in 2019.

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