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Intel suspends Russia operations

File photo of Intel office. (Photo by Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian/TNS, Released)

Intel said Tuesday night that it has suspended all operations in Russia, where it employs 1,200 people, the latest tech company to pull out entirely in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

The chipmaker had stopped sales in Russia a month ago, in accordance with U.S. sanctions on the country. Intel condemned Russia’s invasion.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this war, particularly the people of Ukraine and the surrounding countries and all those around the world with family, friends and loved ones in the region,” the company said in a written statement Wednesday.

Intel has a substantial software development site in Russia. The company said it is “working to support all of our employees through this difficult situation” and has implemented measures to minimize disruption to its operations.

Google, Amazon, Apple, IBM, Facebook and many other companies have also suspended regular operations in Russia since the invasion began. Collectively, the tech exodus may cut off Russia’s access to advanced technology that it needs for its economy and military.

There’s been little sign so far, though, that broad sanctions and business withdrawals have altered Russia’s war plans.


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