WSJ: Russian IT firms transferred thousands of employees to Serbia
The Wall Street Journal has published an article entitled „Serbia becomes leader in the race to attract Russian capital and talent“.
As they report, „among the countries that opened the door to Russians fleeing their country, a small Balkan country has become a major destination for technology companies and highly educated professionals.“
The newspaper recalls that as of February this year, a million citizens have left Russia, and that it is estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 Russians have arrived in Serbia. Quoting official data, it is also stated that 700 companies connected with Russia were opened, and that 1,500 more Russian citizens opened their companies in Serbia.
During the first days of Moscow’s war in Ukraine, Turkey, Dubai and Georgia received a large number of Russians. But many of them are now going to Serbia, according to the WSJ, explaining that throughout history Serbia has been a close ally of Russia, that the local media are in favour of Russia, and that there is a visa-free regime and direct flights from Serbia.