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Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Ukrainains in Western tech firms mobilize IT army + Will UK’s Chelsea FC be sold?

Ukraine’s tech diaspora is mobilizing an “IT army” against Russia: Ukrainians working at tech companies in the West are petitioning their managements to do more for war-torn Ukraine, reports Reuters. Employees at companies such as Google, Amazon, and Cloudflare are calling on the tech giants to block misinformation from Russia, close Russian accounts, and send supplies and aid to Ukraine. In the past few days, tech companies have involved themselves in the Russian-Ukrainian war by helping the West introduce punitive measures to the Russian economy by cutting ties or suspending operations and access.

Could the sanctions also push the UK’s Chelsea FC to be up for sale? It seems so, as sources told ESPN that the football club’s owner, Russian b’naire Roman Abramovich, is willing to begin fielding bids as pressure mounts over his ownership amid Western sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. The 55-year-old businessman had attempted to avoid putting the club up for sale by passing stewardship of Chelsea to its trustees earlier this week. However, it is believed that a sale is now inevitable due to pressure to freeze assets of rich Russians in the UK with any alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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