A few weeks after the offer was announced, Alexei Kudrin — the former Russian finance minister and a longtime ally of Vladimir Putin — has confirmed that he will join technology giant Yandex. In his new role, he will advise on developing the holding’s corporate structure.

“[This] will ensure the company’s long-term and sustainable development in all markets, including international ones,” Kudrin posted on his Telegram channel. “One of the main tasks is to help preserve Yandex’s unique management and technological culture so that it remains independent and Russia’s best IT company, where the most talented people strive to work.”

Last month, Yandex’s Netherlands-registered holding company said it planned to divest ownership and control of most of Yandex Group, including its main revenue-generating businesses, a move that could lead to enhanced Kremlin influence over some of Russia’s backbone internet services.

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