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Sputnik (search engine) logo.svg
Type of site
Search engine
Web browser
Available inRussian
RegistrationOptional, free
LaunchedMay 22, 2014; 8 years ago (2014-05-22)[1]
Current statuspublicly inactive, government use unclear[2]

Sputnik is a search engine owned by Rostelecom, a Russian state-owned telecommunications company. It markets itself as an engine geared towards "local services".[citation needed] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] It is unclear whether any work is still being done.


Sputnik Browser
Initial releaseSeptember 30, 2015; 6 years ago (2015-09-30)
Stable release(s) [±]

5.6.6291.0 (November 16, 2021; 7 months ago (2021-11-16)[6])


2.3.8 (June 20, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-06-20)[7])

Android (June 11, 2021; 13 months ago (2021-06-11)[8]) [±]
Written inC++, JavaScript
Operating system
PlatformIA-32, x86-64
Available inRussian language
TypeWeb browser

There is an associated web browser, also Sputnik, derived from Chromium.


  1. ^ "Rostelecom launches a beta version of its search engine platform "Sputnik"". Rostelecom. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Поисковик "Спутник" прекратил работу" (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  3. ^ Bodner, Matthew (1 June 2014). "Test: How Does State Search Tool Sputnik Compare to Google and Yandex?". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ Yakovleva, Katerina (27 January 2017). ""Спутник" — проигрыш государства в интернете" (in Russian). Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Поисковик "Спутник" прекратил работу - РИА Новости, 08.09.2020". (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-04-08.
  6. ^ "Sputnik Browser". 2021-11-16. Retrieved 2021-12-01.
  7. ^ "Satellite - Browser on the App Store". iTunes Store. 2019-02-20. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  8. ^ "Satellite / Browser". Google Play Store. 2021-06-11. Retrieved 2021-11-10.