History of Yandex


Yandex.Maps opened, with a single map of Europe and detailed maps of three cities — Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. They could be used not only to search for addresses, but also museums, cinemas and other establishments.

Blog search

With the blogosphere hugely popular, Yandex opened its Blog and Forum Search — a useful tool for finding out what people were writing about various subjects. It also presented ratings of popular topics. However, it had to be closed because of ranking manipulation — sparking a small protest outside Yandex’s office.


Yandex worked on promoting wireless internet access and, together with service providers, announced the Yandex.WiFi program. Yandex provided informational support to cafes and restaurants that agreed to offer free WiFi, while providers set up the infrastructure for them on favourable terms.