Crimea began experience an acute shortage of IT specialists, Kryminform reports citing Denis Matrosov, president of Crimean IT cluster.

"Demand for IT specialists in the Crimean Federal District is very high, the shortage of personnel is nearly 2-3 thousand people," said Denis Matrosov.

According to the president of IT cluster, such a situation stems directly from the Western sanctions imposed against Crimea. Prior to that, around 3,5000 IT specialist had been working in Crimea.

"A heavy outflow of IT specialists began after introduction of sanctions. According to our data, there are only 1,500 IT specialist in Crimea. Many Crimean professionals went to Russia, Europe, the US and mainland Ukraine," said Denis Matrosov.

As a reminder: the United States imposed a ban on the work of their companies with the Crimean Internet users in December, 2014.