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Mark Zuckerberg Promoting Facebook in Russia

Posted: Oct. 5th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

Mark Zuckerberg's trip to Moscow may have seemed like an innocent enough attempt at promoting his company to Russia; however, some have concluded that he is on a headhunting trip, looking for Moscow's brightest to bring into the pool of Facebook programmers, garnering some criticism.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was Monday in Moscow on a visit the government believes should stimulate innovation in Russia and the social network hopes will boost its position in the Russian market.

Zuckerberg was to meet Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev along with the main government pointmen on innovation in Russia, Deputy Prime Ministers Arkady Dvorkovich and Vladislav Surkov.

The government has said they will discuss cooperation in IT technology and start-ups in Skolkovo — the technology hub outside Moscow that has been championed by Medvedev as a Russian equivalent of Silicon Valley.


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