According to The Bell, in the past few years, Russian companies have “faced problems,” including the refusal to cooperate, as customers fear “the risks of government interference in the work of a startup”
In the past few years, Russian-speaking IT companies in Silicon Valley have “faced problems” up to the refusal to work with them if the team is based in Russia. This was written by The Bell with reference to several interviewed venture investors.
“A year ago, a public American company wanted to buy our portfolio startup - Israeli, but with development in Ukraine. As a result, the company put forward the requirement that all development be carried out in Israel, ”one of them said.
Another claims that several companies refused to work with startups with a team located in Russia because of “the risks of government interference in the work of a startup.” Another Russian company, which organizes corporate sales, received a similar demand, and as a result, it was forced to move to Poland.
“If you are Russian-speaking, haven’t lived in the USA for many years and your name is Ivan Petrov, the chances of building a successful IT business in the USA and your cybersecurity tend to zero,” said The Bell, an employee of one of the largest cybersecurity-related companies. Another source of the publication notes that such cases cannot be called ubiquitous, but they are "definitely there."
The Bell cites yet another example of “discrimination against programmers and developers from Russia” - the October proposal by the management of GitLab, “known for its open discussion of corporate rules,” which wants to ban users from China and Russia from hiring for data. GitLab believes that the authorities in these countries can put pressure on employees and gain access to confidential information, and explain possible innovations to customer requirements.
However, the publication clarifies that after the publication of the initiative, the company faced a reputation crisis. GitLab, in particular, has left and publicly criticized the compliance director.
US and Russian authorities regularly accuse each other of organizing cyber attacks, including during elections. Due to Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, the United States imposed sanctions against Russia. Since September 2019, the United States has been under an indefinite ban on the use of software by Kaspersky Lab, a private company from Russia, by US government agencies, since such software, according to Washington, poses a threat to US security, and Moscow can gain access to government data.