President Medvedev urges modernization of Russia's information technology

08:53, May 14, 2010      

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Russia should become one of the countries that works out the cutting-edge information technology and to set the fashions in that area, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday, Itar-Tass news agency reported.

President Medvedev made the remarks during a meeting of the modernization and technological development commission that he chairs.

"Russia should develop its own standards of data transmission and communications," he added.

"Everyone should agree that it is much more pleasant to live in the world where your own standards rule, not somebody's else," Medvedev stressed.

Modernization has been Medvedev's favorite topic in the recent years. He frequently speaks about the urgent need to introduce technical innovations and "upgrading" of the Russian society as a whole.

During Thursday's meeting Medvedev stressed that the weight of a nation in the modern world depends on the development of the country's information technology (IT).

By coincidence, the first two web-sites in the new Russian- language domain were launched on Thursday. These were the official sites of President Medvedev and the government of Russia.

"So Russia became the first country in the world that obtained the Internet domain in its national language," Medvedev said proudly.

In April it was announced that Russia started to build its own "Silicon Valley" that would compete with the Seattle's IT cluster. Russian mega start-up located in Skolkovo just outside Moscow is being developed as a "state within a state," with the separate property laws, special tax regulation, even its own police forces.

Russian State Duma, Parliament's lower chamber, recently passed the law that intends to make Skolkovo "a heaven" for hi-tech start- ups.

However, some experts are afraid that because of the widespread corruption in Russia, Skolkovo may become a heaven not for the IT companies only but for those who could try to evade the taxation by opening their companies here under false "hi-tech" disguise.

Source: Xinhua
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