Russians. Russian culture. Russian things. It all fascinates us Westerners. How can Russians be so close geographically, yet so far culturally? CIS1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_of_Independent_States countries are like an entirely parallel universe, that’s how different they are to us.
And for a different world they need a different search engine!
Here comes Arkady Volozh, Russian Jew, the creator of the Yandex search system. It’s Google’s first competitor in Russia and CIS. It prioritizes info to fit Russian needs first. Did I mention that Yandex is so huge, that it has many sub-services like Yandex.Food, Yandex.Money, Yandex.Taxi, Yandex.Station with its own voice assistant Alisa – Russian “sister” of Alexa, Siri and Google?
Yandex became Russian Amazon and Russian Google combined. Thanks to Arkady, Russian lives are now easier and enjoyable!
Here’s a photo of Arkady Volozh and his colleagues from Yandex taking Jimmy Wales (a fellow Jew) on a tour of Yandex’s HQ in Moscow, Russia.