Google plans to shut down its engineering operations in Russia, following similar recent departures by other Western and Russian software companies and engineers, according to people informed of the decision.
Sergey Brin, a Google co-founder who was born in Russia and moved to the U.S. in his youth, is well-known for his stance against authoritarian governments. Several years ago he pushed Google to pull back from China and reverse its policy of self-censoring its Web search engine there to comply with local laws. The move occurred after hackers from that nation broke into Google's servers. However, Google is now aiming to push its Web services back into the country via its Android mobile operating system.