As a (rather sad) illustration of the current situation in the kleptocracy-ruled Russian Federation (and as an enlightening episode for those who tend to think "come on, it can't be THAT bad"), here's a link to HackerNews discussion about the current proceedings against the makers of nginx, the web server software that powers many if not most of the popular websites on the Internet.
I'll volunteer my personal, entirely subjective and on the surface contingency-tinged timeline of the events:
- nginx gets developed
- ~15 years pass, during which due to a lot of hard work and excellency it becomes mega popular
- the principal corporate entity formed to house the IP gets sold to F5 for ~$700 million, give or take (I think it was 670, but whatever)
- a bit more time passes (less than a year)
- somewhere somebody realises that a Russian resident sold his IP for a nice chunk of money and hasn't followed the 9.5 rules of doing business in Russia (see the HN link for those)
- some phone calls and some crooked lawyers later, a completely bogus copyright case with zero legal grounds is being extra quickly and efficiently prosecuted with alleged damages of ~$800k, offices raided, and it is quite possible that the principal nginx author, Igor Sysoev< has already been detained, because no one seems to be able to contact him and another company official (if we are lucky, they are just a bit smarter and have managed to leave the country and go to ground until dust settles a bit)