Belarus’ largest IT company, EPAM, is leaving its four offices in Minsk. But it stays in Belarus.
They are the business center on Klara Tsetkin Street (from September 15), “Tsivali” on Pritytski (from October 15), “Titan” on Dzyarzhynskaha (from November 15), and the building at 150 Tsirazhnaya Street (from October 31).
As managers of the company explained to “Nasha Niva,” this is not an indication that the company is leaving Belarus:
“COVID has changed a lot, many employees work from home and don’t want to go back to the office. In addition, EPAM bought a lot of its own space in “Klever Park”, the company also has two offices, we are expanding. This moving out of other business centers is explained by expiration of lease agreements and transfer of employees to their own space,” the company said.
Meanwhile, the manager of NetCracker Syarhei Laurenkin wrote on Facebook that such a decision is a “disaster for landlords.”
The other day EPAM employees received an email asking the company to ensure that all the projects and tools for work are stored on foreign servers.
It is reported that the process of transferring all technical processes will be completed within two weeks. This is done to allow the development teams to work even if EPAM offices in Belarus are suspended.
During the “Big Talk” on August 9, Alyaksandr Lukashenka called a certain “Dobkin or Drobkin” from EPAM a “scoundrel” who “transferred money here for the protest actions, but is connected with the special services.” Apparently, he was referring to the founder and director of the company, Arkadiy Dobkin.