Fleeing Putin, Russian Tech Workers Find a Home in Armenia

Alina Demeneva, 24, poses for a portrait at home in Yerevan, Armenia, on June 21, 2022. Demeneva lost her job as a junior quality assurance engineer in an IT company because of her decision to move to Armenia with her partner, who left because of his anti-war convictions.

“If Russia wins, everything in Russia will be bad. If Russia loses, everything will still be bad. I see no sense in returning there.”

For Rest of World, Anush Babajanyan spent time with young tech workers who left Russian for Armenia because of the ongoing war and sanctions. See the photos and read their stories here.

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