Russia Bids to Become a Tech Tiger

Putin is pouring billions into boosting the tech sector. The country has a skilled workforcebut cronyism and copyright issues pose problems

It has been fifty years since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, proving to an astonished world that the Russians could beat the West at its own scientific game. Now a vastly different Russia is once again back in the technology race. Spearheaded by President Vladimir Putin, with backing from leading businessmen and investors, the country has embarked on a sweeping program to promote a high-tech economy. The prize this time: a position in the emerging technologies that will shape the future global economy.

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