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Russia: Digital Transformation in Business Landscape

Russia is accelerating its digital transformation – government initiatives like the Digital Economy National Program are helping boost technological adoption across sectors. Over 75% of Russian adults accessing government services use the online platform. Fintech and e-commerce are also growth areas – Russia is Europe’s largest internet market with over 100 million users.

Russia is emerging as an incubator for digital tech entrepreneurship and innovation. Moscow has the third highest number of tech startups in Europe who are leading innovation in areas like AI, Big Data, cybersecurity and blockchain.

Russia is also accelerating digital transformation across sectors. The government aims to raise the share of internet-reliant public services to 95% by 2024. Over 75% of citizens now access government portals online for utilities, permits and payments. E-commerce is booming – domestic sales grew 35% annually in 2020-21 to $27 billion.

Local venture capital investments into Russian digital startups have tripled since 2010. The startup ecosystem is also benefitting from tax incentives and special economic zones. The Russian government plans to invest over $12 billion in quantum computing, AI, 5G and other emerging technologies by 2024 to boost digital leadership.

Russia offers substantial lucrative opportunities across both traditional and new economy digital sectors for overseas businesses, provided they take adequate measures to mitigate the associated risks.

Moscow is emerging as a global innovation hub. It ranks among the top 10 cities in Europe for the number of AI and cybersecurity startups. The government plans to invest over $12 billion by 2024 in quantum computing, blockchain and other priority technologies. This is boosting entrepreneurship – Russia now has over 1,000 tech startups versus just 200 in 2010.

However— talent crunch and lack of experienced mentors are challenges. While investments are rising, they remain lower than in other major tech ecosystems. Policy uncertainty and the threat of sanctions also impact investor appetite. Attracting and retaining skilled workers thus remains a priority for Russian startups.

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