Russia fails to capitalize on IT excellence

Moscow. (Ian Pryde for RIA Novosti) – Russia’s IT sector, like much else in the country, is characterized by screaming contradictions. Russia has an advanced IT solutions industry, and it is no accident that Russian computer engineers and software developers find ready employment in international IT companies at home and…

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Selling off the Railways – Russia’s huge railway network is starting to break up

Published in Trendlline Russia, a series of sponsored supplements on the Russian economy commissioned by RIA-Novosti and published with the print editions of The Daily Telegraph (UK) and The Washington Post (USA) in November-December 2006. Appeared in The Daily Telegraph as ‘Selling off the Railways – Russia’s huge railway network…

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Russia’s National Projects: A first, short step?

During his five-year tenure as prime minister in 1990s, Viktor Chernomyrdin frequently stated that Russia needed hundreds of billions of dollars to modernize its economy after decades of inadequate investment had left the country’s infrastructure and social sphere in a perilous state. The four national projects President Vladimir Putin announced…

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New markets in the Far East – China’s growing industrial sector looks to Russia for its energy needs

The steadily improving relations between Russia and China reached a new high earlier this year when the two countries signed 29 bilateral agreements on energy, telecommunications, information technology, banking and money laundering during President Vladimir Putin’s March visit to Beijing. In some quarters, these new agreements cemented their fears of…

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Supply and Demand: China’s Growing Industrial Sector Looks to Russia for Energy

The steadily improving relations between Russia and China reached a new high earlier this year when the two countries signed 29 bilateral agreements on energy, telecommunications, IT, banking and money laundering during President Vladimir Putin’s March visit to Beijing. In some quarters, these new agreements cemented fears of a strategic…

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Кирпичики величия

Петербургский саммит G8 – отличный повод посмотреть, как складываются даже не отношения между Россией и ведущими странами постиндустриального общества, а их представления друг о друге. Надо сказать, что проблемы с пониманием “Другого” есть у обеих сторон. На Западе многие обвиняют Россию в растущем авторитаризме и централизации, в “обратной прихватизации” (на…

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