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6 Apr 2023

Anton Shilov, Tom's Hardware

Russia: CISCO destroyed $23.5 million worth of equipment during exit to prevent it from falling into Russian hands

Cisco destroyed $23.5 million worth of equipment during Russia exit, 6 April 2023

Cisco was one of the first high-tech companies to halt its business in Russia and Belarus after the former started its full-scale war against Ukraine on February 24, 2022. During the company's exit, Cisco's Russian subsidiary physically destroyed unsold equipment worth 1.9 billion rubles ($23.5 million), reports CNews citing the state-run Tass agency.  

Network giant Cisco destroyed its equipment stocks worth almost 1.9 billion rubles ($23.5 million) in January 2023, months after announcing its decision to discontinue operations in Russia and Belarus in March 2022. The physically destroyed equipment included mainly spare parts for the company's devices that were not sold due to the current policy imposed by Cisco. Meanwhile, it is unclear whether those spare parts also fall under the U.S. sanctions against Russia. 

Despite the financial impact, Cisco made the decision to destroy the equipment rather than allow it to fall into Russian hands. But while $23.5 million sounds like a lot of money, the actual impact seems to be considerably higher. 

While the Russian news agency claims that the equipment was destroyed in January, Cisco's financial report for the quarter that ended January 28, 2023, does not mention this in any way. This is because the company essentially wrote off $67 million worth of assets, including spare parts already imported to Russia as well as furniture and cars, after conducting a risk assessment of its assets and potential financial exposures in Russia and Belarus as early as calendar Q1 2022...