MOSCOW (Realist English). The government of the Russian Federation still decided to ban the remote work of IT specialists.
The draft resolution of the Ministry of Digitalization on the results of the parliamentary discussion states literally the following:
“Jointly with the State Duma to work out the issue of banning remote work related to the development, implementation and administration of state information systems, information systems of critical information infrastructure facilities, as well as the circulation of personal data for those citizens — IT specialists who left the Russian Federation after the start of the special military operation.”
We should immediately note that this decision has not only negative consequences. On the one hand, one should be afraid of the outflow of valuable specialists, which is already observed in many industries. According to various estimates, about a million people have already left the country. Representatives of IT industry make up a significant share among them. On the other hand, the situation in which some of the citizens responsible for the information infrastructure are simultaneously working on two fronts is inadequate, and the situation needs to be somehow solved.
For the first time in the history of the country, a filter for brain drain may appear.
The critically vulnerable information infrastructure of the state and major corporations, including departmental special communications, remain dependent on imported equipment and software. In these conditions, it is important to create a personnel platform that is invulnerable to the recruitment of foreign structures. The regulations adopted for the IT sphere can be developed into a system of legal measures for retaining and saving intellectual resources in other industries.
Yes, the state is sacrificing part of a very valuable human capital. But if this is not done now, the Russian Federation will remain an intellectual colony. Which is absolutely suicidal in the beautiful new world.