- Google imposed a series of punitive measures on Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
- The tech giant has withdrawn job offers from candidates with Russian university addresses.
- These candidates appear to have had these offers reinstated, Insider understands.
Google appears to be restoring job offers to applicants studying in Russia, after a brief hiatus following the invasion of Ukraine.
The tech giant had offered, then withdrawn, internships for applicants with Russian addresses, Insider reported earlier this month.
Two applicants who are currently studying at Russia’s Innopolis University have gone public, telling Insider that their internship offers were rescinded because they used their dorm addresses in their applications.
In a post on Linkedin, Egyptian national Khaled Mohamed said he had accepted a job offer as an intern at Google’s office in Zurich, Switzerland, in February, and was due to start later this year. Meanwhile, Mahmood Darwish, originally from Syria and a computer science student at Innopolis, has also signed a contract to start an internship at Google’s office in Munich, Germany.
A Google spokesperson confirmed the withdrawals at the time to Insider, saying the company had been forced to make “very difficult decisions under unprecedented circumstances, based on security considerations and the demands of legal penalties”.
Speaking to Insider on Sunday, Darwish said the tech giant appeared to have reversed its decision, reinstating his and his classmate Mohamed’s internship offers last week.
“They informed me that they would reinstate my offer. I received the news over the phone,” he said. “However, it looks like I’m back in the internship program.”
It remains unclear whether Google is now accepting applications from Russian applicants and non-Russians living in the country. At least one current employee, research engineer Aleksandr Chuklin, has publicly stated on LinkedIn that Googlers are trying to get clarification on the takedowns. Insider approached Google for comment.
A slew of large corporations implemented measures against Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine in February. Goldman Sachs had cut ties with the country, McDonald’s has closed more than 800 restaurants indefinitely and Walt Disney has suspended theatrical releases.
Meanwhile, Google said it halted ad sales in the country and imposed a ban on new cloud computing customers in Russia.