Intel withdrew from Russia as a result of the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. After a month, the silicon giant stopped all sales, and in April all business operations in this country. Citizens of Russia could not download software, as well as updates and drivers for Intel equipment. However, as indicated by the Russian portal CNews, some people managed to find a way to gain access to the software. It was already possible to bypass blocks through VPNs, but now it is possible to do so through more official channels.
Until recently, Russian citizens could not officially download software, as well as updates and drivers for hardware from Intel servers.
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Intel, the largest manufacturer of x86 processors in the world, employed about 1,200 employees in Russia, had quite a developed infrastructure there and treated the local market seriously. Most of the computers sold in the country used Intel processors, so the regional blocking of downloading drivers from the manufacturer’s website was a considerable obstacle for some users. However, it was not an insurmountable problem, even if the target address of the official website was and still is blocked. Russians could use VPNs, after all. Now updates can reportedly be accessed without hiding your IP address, thanks to the widely available Intel Driver & Support Assistant tool.
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Intel confirmed in a statement that access to resources and tools that provide driver updates are part of the manufacturer’s warranty commitments. At the same time, it was emphasized that it is advisable to provide users with drivers from official sources, and not those unofficial ones that may contain malware, including spyware. According to the producer, his policy has not changed. Condemns the attack on Ukrainian territory (Special Operation) and will not support those using their components to wage war. Intel continues to comply with all applicable U.S. and European Union export laws and sanctions.
Source: The Register