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Putin Aide Leads Talks on Fate of Russia’s Top Internet Company Yandex

  • Kiriyenko leading talks on Yandex’s fate as founder sanctioned
  • Top search engine under pressure since Putin invaded Ukraine

One of President Vladimir Putin’s top Kremlin aides is leading negotiations to decide the fate of Russia’s most popular search engine, whose founder was sanctioned over Yandex NV’s portrayal of the war in Ukraine, according to three people familiar with the talks.

Sergei Kiriyenko, the first deputy head of Putin’s administration, is heading the talks over the public company as Yandex’s founder, Arkady Volozh, has been sidelined due to European Union sanctions, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private.