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Russia’s War-Weary Tech Talent Floods Into Neighboring Georgia

July 6, 2022, 4:00 AM

Dmitry Klimenko is putting the final touches to a new nightclub in Tbilisi’s central Vake Park, aimed at drawing some of the tens of thousands of disoriented fellow Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians who fled to Georgia in recent months.

A veteran of seven nightclubs he opened in his home town of Novosibirsk over the years, Klimenko left Russia on March 7, as President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine darkened the political climate at home.

“It’s what I know how to do,” said Klimenko, as first one and then a second pair of curious Russians stopped by to look at “The ...