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Volozh Arkady Yurievich

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Volozh Arkady Yurievich is subject to sanctions. See the individual program listings below.
NameArkadi Wolosch · Arkadij Jurjevitj VOLOZJ · Arkadij Jurjevič VOLOŽ · Arkadij Volozj · Arkadij Volož · 21 more...[sources]
Other nameArkadi Jurjewitsch Wolosch · Arkadij Wolosch · Arkady Yurievich Volozh · Arkady Yuryevich Volozh · Volozh Arkady · 15 more...[sources]
Birth date[sources]
Place of birthAtyrau · Guryev, Kazakh SSR, USSR · KAZAKHSTAN, Atyrau · Kazakhstan, Atyrau · Гур'єв, Казахська РСР, СРСР · 1 more...[sources]
NationalityIsrael · Malta · Russia · Soviet Union[sources]
CountryKazakhstan · Russia[sources]
Country of birthKazakhstan[sources]
First nameArkadij · Arkady · Аркaдий[sources]
KeywordsОлігархи та члени їх сімей · Фізичні особи під санкціями ЄС[sources]
Last nameVOLOZH · VOLOZJ · VOLOŽ · Volozh · Volož · 1 more...[sources]
PatronymicYurievich · Юрьевич[sources][sources]
Wikidata IDQ4123823[sources]
PositionCo-founder and CEO of Yandex N.V · co-founder and CEO of Yandex N.V. · general director (2000-2014) · Соучредитель и генеральный директор Yandex N.V. · Співзасновник і генеральний директор Yandex N.V.[sources]
EducationGubkin University[sources]
EthnicityJewish people[sources]
AddressРеспубліка Казахстан, м. Атирау[sources]
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Arkady Volozh is a Russian businessperson with business interests in IT and technology. He is the founder and former CEO of Yandex, having resigned following his listing by the European Union. He is a major shareholder of Yandex, the largest Internet company in Russia, operating Russia’s most popular search engine. Yandex operates in the ICT sector, which brings considerable tax revenue to the Government of the Russian Federation.

Swiss SECO Sanctions/Embargoes,

Therefore, Volozh is a businessperson involved in economic sectors providing a substantial source of revenue to the Government of the Russian Federation, which is responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilisation of Ukraine. Furthermore, he supported, materially or financially, the Government of the Russian Federation and is responsible for, supporting actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

Swiss SECO Sanctions/Embargoes,

Function: co-founder and CEO of Yandex N.V.

Swiss SECO Sanctions/Embargoes,

In 2019, Yandex agreed to a restructuring that gave a “golden share” to a newly formed Public Interest Foundation built to “defend the Russian Federation interests”. Through the Public Interest Foundation, the Government of the Russian Federation is able to have a veto over a defined list of issues, such as the sale of material IP and the sale or transfer of Russian users’ personal data to foreign companies, both of which are deemed to affect Russia’s “national interest”. Yandex is also responsible for promoting State media and narratives in its search results, and deranking and removing content critical of the Kremlin, such as content related to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Since the start of the war, Yandex has followed the information policy and censorship of the Government of the Russian Federation. The search results of Yandex search engine have complied with the demands of the Russian authorities, showing only the sources related to Russian pro-war propaganda. Moreover, Yandex helped websites pushing false and pro-Russian claims about the invasion of Ukraine to make profit through digital advertising.

Swiss SECO Sanctions/Embargoes,

Russian State-owned banks such as Sberbank and VTB are shareholders and investors in Yandex.

Swiss SECO Sanctions/Embargoes,

major shareholder of Yandex. NB. according to the reasons column he is the former CEO of Yandex

EU Consolidated Travel Bans,

Mentioned in 2018 CAATSA report on Russian oligarchs

Russian Oligarch/Billionaires Database non-official source,

Russian businessman

Wikidata non-official source,


Data sources

Swiss SECO Sanctions/Embargoes8,008

Switzerland manages a sanctions lists with a high degree of detail on the individuals that are subject to it's embargoes

Switzerland · State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

ACF List of bribetakers and warmongers7,961

A list of key Russian decision-makers from government and business composed by ACF/FBK, the anti-corruption investigative organization founded by Alexei Navalny

Russia · Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF) · non-official source

EU Consolidated Travel Bans3,894

Consolidated information about individuals who have been banned from traveling to the European Union, released as part of the EU Sanctions Map.

European Union · Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Ukraine NABC Sanctions Tracker39,890

A list of suggested Russia-related sanctions targets composed by the Ukrainian anti-corruption agency.

Ukraine · National Agency on Corruption Prevention

Forbes 2021 List of Russian Billionaires100

Based on an annual assessment of wealth and assets compiled and published by Forbes magazine in 2021.

Russia · Wikipedia · non-official source

Russian Oligarch/Billionaires Database167

A list of billionaires and oligarchs from CIS countries, most notably the Russian Federation.

OpenSanctions · non-official source

Ukraine NSDC State Register of Sanctions17,122

List of individuals and legal entities subject to restrictive measures.

Ukraine · National Security and Defense Council

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External dataset · Wikidata · non-official source

Source data IDs: acf-a94eab1a2351c82758b8094a7723f015ff49b46c · ua-nsdc-17399-voloz-arkadij-urijovic · ua-nabc-person-2084-volozh-arkady-yurievich · eu-tb-logical-140940 · acf-38135c64ec4677fd0dab22f8c09e977990ef1ee7 · ua-nazk-person-2084 · fr-ga-4774 · eu-fsf-eu-8359-47 · ch-seco-55388

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