Type of site
|Launched||May 22, 2014|
|Current status||publicly inactive, government use unclear|
Sputnik is a search engine owned by Rostelecom, a Russian state-owned telecommunications company. It markets itself as an engine geared towards "local services". At the end of the week of the launch, it was responsible for 0.01% of the search engine traffic in Russia, compared with 62% for Yandex and 28% for Google. It went through the maximum in February 2016, with 11 thousands hits (compared with 121 million hits of Yandex). In January 2017, Sputnik was the 15th most popular search engine in Russia, with 1 / 32,000 times the hits of Yandex. The experts generally consider Sputnik as a failed project and note that it only exists because of the state funding.
In 2020, the website has ceased to display its search prompt on its main website. Rostelecom claimed to have had plans to further develop the search engine and browser for use within government projects. It is unclear whether any work is still being done.
|Initial release||September 30, 2015|
5.6.6291.0 (November 16, 2021)
2.3.8 (June 20, 2018)
|Available in||Russian language|
There is an associated web browser, also Sputnik, derived from Chromium.