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How should organizations with employees based in Russia approach the current situation?

My thoughts/not necessarily correct: Russian citizens who are employees of the company are not enemies of the state.   Continue to perform work as expected and refrain from politics in the workplace / zoom calls.  Ukraine citizens who are employees of the company are not enemies of the state either.  Continue to perform work as expected, however, seek employee assistance programs for humanitarian aid. If work is not able to be performed work with HR. Please try to refrain from politics in the workplace / zoom calls. 

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My thoughts/not necessarily correct: Russian citizens who are employees of the company are not enemies of the state.   Continue to perform work as expected and refrain from politics in the workplace / zoom calls.  Ukraine citizens who are employees of the company are not enemies of the state either.  Continue to perform work as expected, however, seek employee assistance programs for humanitarian aid. If work is not able to be performed work with HR. Please try to refrain from politics in the workplace / zoom calls. 
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It's a very difficult situation, but we have to remember that your employees may or may not agree with the current situation. They are still your colleagues and may have been so for many years, that does not change, and with any colleague you treat them with respect and courtesy.
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This is a question to me of overarching policy vs individual needs. The trends has moved from overarching policy to specific instances in terms of sanctions. Cuba vs. Russian Oligarch would be an example. Company's will have to approach the impact overall that best supports their values. Stopping wheat harvesting production would have greater societal impact for the greater good vs a professional services or widget manufacturer. It would be impossible to determine. As with sanctions, it is very hard to develop a program that can differentiate on an individual basis, so the company must align with impact and corporate goals/responsibility. 
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Please keep in mind that anything I say here is merely my personal opinion and in no way represents the views of my organization. With that said.... It's tricky but doable. Maintain focus on the mission of the company/organization, and don't let yourself get pulled into any internal or external political discussion. Just as if it were a natural disaster, concentrate on operational fluidity to carry out the mission, or even pause/discontinue the mission to maintain the safety of your staff, above all else, and company assets as much as possible.  Everyone will have personal feelings on the matter. I know I do. But MY JOB is to focus on carrying out the mission and directives of my organization. I'll ponder my feelings with family and friends. Perhaps a bit cold-blooded, but sometimes you have to compartmentalize - - at least I do. 
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As matter of fact, this is a humanitarian situation, where employees should not pay for government craziness. But, I personally thing that the only option is stop all foreingn operations in Russia. Russia should understand than nowadays we are ONE WORLD, ONE COMMUNITY, personal desires will affect more than can imagine to all russian community
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I think the previous comments are spot on.. It's about people they aren't authors of the policy.. Focus on mission, treat people with respect, trying to keep politics out of the discussion.  A Ukrainian engineering firm that I occasionally work with has relocated most people to Poland. As they say "they are not refugees but they do need jobs". I am biased to look for ways to send them work.
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It is not right to hold citizens accountable for their government's actions, even in democracies, if you have 90% of people agreeing with their government's wrongdoing, you'd still have 10% of them against it, should we hold these 10% accountable as well despite their disagreement? If we criminalize citizens for their government's actions, then no citizen in any country is innocent, many countries committed similar "if not worse" acts of aggression and we haven't seen the same global response, they just didn't get the same media attention the conflict in Ukraine is getting, I am not trying to undermine the gravity of the situation in Ukraine, but my point is that we shouldn't hold citizens accountable. Companies with offices in Russia should figure out ways to get their employees paid (Assuming they are not enforced by their local law not to), employees should not blame their fellow colleagues in other countries or nations, and businesses shouldn't get involved into politics and conflicts, businesses should promote and encourage their employees to treat all their fellow colleagues with respect. Politics is an arena of disagreements, and I think that its involvement in the workplace does way more harm than good.
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There should be absolutely no difference in the way you treat them.  They are not employees of the government, they are your employees and they are not responsible or necessarily agree with anything the government did or didn't do.
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There's a huge degree of "it depends" here, mainly what you do and what the impact of any decision will be. Two sides of the coin are discussed in this: article https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/128060413/war-in-ukraine-xero-axes-services-in-russia-fisher-and-paykel-healthcare-continues-sales On the one side is an NZ based fintech that develops accountancy software. They have decided to pull out of Russia entirely. Not sure if they had a sales team there or just product in the market, but they don't perceive value in remaining.  Pulling out of the market is a clear signal that they don't condone Russian actions. On the other side is an NZ based health care company that makes medical devices that are sold in more than 120 countries, including in Russia and Ukraine. They run a sales office and distribution centre in Russia and employ a small number of staff. Quote: “Our products are being used as a key treatment by hospitals for patients with Covid-19, so our priority during this time is ensuring that patients can continue to be treated,”  Staying in the market is a conscious decision to put people ahead of politics. Neither are wrong. 
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Seek ways to relocate employees. Seek ways of alternative payment methods.
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This out today from CISA:  Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Access Network Misconfigured with Default MFA Protocols https://www.cisa.gov/uscert/ncas/current-activity/2022/03/15/russian-state-sponsored-cyber-actors-access-network-misconfigured
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