Dell Technologies Inc. became another Western company to leave Russia this Saturday. The company announced that it will cease all operations in Russia after closing its offices there in mid-August. Dell, a key server supplier in Russia, has been involved in the sanctions since the Feb. 24 conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Dell suspended sales in Ukraine and Russia in February, saying it would monitor the situation to determine its next steps.
Dell spokesman Mike Siemienas told Reuters, “In mid-August, we will close our offices and cease all Russian operations. Back in February, we decided not to sell, service or support products in Russia, Belarus and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, with the exception of Crimea, which is already under embargo.
Technology-focused publication CNews reported this week that Dell is pulling out of Russia entirely and will fire all local employees. TAdviser, an IT-focused news portal, published a similar report.
We are monitoring the development of the situation,” Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Vasily Shpak was quoted as saying by TASS news agency on Friday. According to our data, the vast majority of specialists and support engineers at Dell’s R&D centers in St. Petersburg and Moscow have received job offers with competitive salaries from Russian producers”.