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Russia Internet Giant Risks Running Out of Vital Tech in a Year

  • Yandex may exhaust stocks of vital semiconductors for servers
  • Sanctions threaten products from search to self-driving cars
Yandex headquarters in Moscow.

Yandex headquarters in Moscow.

Source: Bloomberg

Russia’s omnipresent tech company, which created products ranging from the country’s dominant search engine to its biggest ride-hail service, is facing a looming shortage of hardware as U.S. sanctions punish President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine. 

Yandex NV may run short of the semiconductors needed for the servers it uses to power its business within a year to 18 months because of import restrictions, two people with direct knowledge of the issue said, asking not to be identified in order to speak candidly. Sanctions on dual-use technology, which have both military and commercial uses, have hit its self-driving vehicle unit particularly hard, they said.