Almost 150,000 Russian workers were laid off or have forced vacations after the invasion of Ukraine

Moscow-McDonald’s branch on Arbat Street (The Grosby Group)

Some 50,000 Russian workers have lost their jobs so far and another 98,000 are on forced vacation due to the impact of Western sanctions and the withdrawal of international companies from the Russian market.said this Wednesday the Ministry of Employment and Social Protection.

“According to current operational data, 98,000 workers are inactive (or on forced vacation). Speaking in absolute terms, this is 2.5 times more than March 1”, pointed out the vice minister of this portfolio, Andrei Pudovat a meeting in the State Duma (Lower House), according to the official agency TASS.

“As for the announced figures for layoffs, they are about 50,000 people, while clearly there have been no massive layoffs,” he said.

The Mayor of Moscow, Sergei SobyaninHe stated on Tuesday that some 200,000 people may lose their jobs in the capital due to the closure of foreign companies.

At the end of March he said that about 300 international companies ceased their activity in Moscow.

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People queue to withdraw money from an Alfa Bank ATM in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Victor Berzkin) (Victor Berzkin/)

Pudov alleged that despite layoffs, forced vacations and part-time jobs, by early spring “more than 2.5 million people were hired.”

“Today, some 670,000 citizens are registered in the employment centers, while there are 1.9 million jobs in the vacant data bank,” he added.

On the other hand, according to an estimate from the end of March, Up to 70,000 computer scientists, frightened by the sudden freezing of the business and political climate, have left Russia since Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine. Many more are expected to follow.

(With information from EFE)


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