Russia shrugs off job impact after reports Dell is leaving the country

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MOSCOW: Many of the researchers and engineers working for Dell in Russia have already been offered new jobs, the Ministry of Industry said after media reports that the company would exit the Russian market entirely.

The tech-focused publication CNews reported this week, citing unnamed sources from the company and the wider market, that Dell would leave the country completely and lay off all of its local staff.

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Another IT-focused news portal TAdviser published a similar report.

Dell, a vital supplier of servers in Russia, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The US computer company said in late February that it had suspended sales in Ukraine and Russia and would monitor the situation closely to determine next steps.

“We are monitoring the development of the situation,” the TASS news agency quoted Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Vasily Shpak as saying on Friday. “According to our data, the vast majority of Dell’s R&D center specialists and support technicians in St. Petersburg and Moscow have already received vacancies with competitive wages from Russian manufacturers.”

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Numerous Western companies have suspended operations in Russia since Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24.

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