Sputnik (search engine)

Type of site
Web search engine , and a browser
Available in Russian
Owner Rostelecom
Website sputnik.ru
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional , free
Launched 22 May 2014[1]

Sputnik is a web search engine owned by the Russian state-owned telecommunications company Rostelecom.[2] 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.[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 32,000 times less hits than Yandex. The experts generally consider Sputnik as a failed project and note that it only exists because of the state funding.[4]


Sputnik Browser
Initial release September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)
Development status Active
Written in C++, JavaScript
Operating system
Available in Russian
Type Web browser
License Freeware
Website browser.sputnik.ru

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. "Russia launches 'safe search' Sputnik to rival Yandex, Google". Russia Today. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  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). Lenizdat.ru. Retrieved 29 January 2017.

Official website
Official website (browser)

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