GitHub Suspends Accounts of Two Large Russian Banks Amid US Sanctions

As of now, this move has mainly impacted two large banks reportedly Sberbank and Alfa-Bank, and individual developers.

GitHub has started suspending Russian-registered users’ accounts as part of the blocking sanctions imposed by the USA. According to Russian IT blog Habr, which quoted a user nicknamed Veratam, Russian financial institutions’ accounts such as Sber and Alfa-Bank have been blocked.

As of 15th April 2022, dozens of accounts have been blocked, including those of individual developers. Some of the blocked accounts include:

This means accounts of Sberbank-Technology, Sberbank-ai-lab, and alfa-laboratory have been blocked.

Individual Accounts Also Blocked

Some individual accounts have also been blocked, including researcher Sergey Bobrov, who confirmed that his personal GitHub account is now blocked. However, at the time of publishing this article, Bobrov’s account was restored.

My github account is unlocked, thanks everyone. The ban was related to the sanctions imposed on my previous employer.

— Sergey Bobrov (@Black2Fan) April 15, 2022

Additionally, a few Russian users also claimed that their accounts had been suspended, and they haven’t yet received a response from GitHub support. Some users have received a response from GitHub explaining that their account was suspended because it appeared to be “based in

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