Moscow police conducted an armed raid on Russian tech startup Nginix, after it was acquired by F5, in a case that critics are calling a shakedown, and an example of the kind of political environment that stifles Russian business innovation.

“Disputes over intellectual property are a regular feature of the fiercely competitive IT sector around the world, but these are usually adjudicated by courts in civil proceedings. In Russia, such cases quickly escalate into criminal investigations featuring security officers waving guns.”

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