During a meeting with the social network’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, Russia asked Facebook to open a new research center on their territory. The American CEO is currently on a world tour hosting various programming contests to identify new talent, according to a recent report published by the Associated Press.
Mark Zuckerberg and Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met in Moscow on Monday as the social network’s head is visiting various countries around the world to identify new programming talent. During their meeting, the Prime Minister suggested and even insisted that Zuckerberg expanded the operations of his company in Russia.
The announcement was made by Russia’s communications minister who took to Twitter to inform people that Medvedev wants to increase collaborations with the social network giant. According to the press release, the Prime Minister presented some of the numerous benefits that Zuckerberg could gain by opening a Facebook research center in Moscow instead of luring away Russian programmers. Although no official declaration was made by any of the two parties involved in the discussion, sources claim that Facebook has no plans of expanding its business on the Russian territory at present. As a consequence, the American CEO will not open a research center in Moscow in the near future.
Mark Zuckerberg adopted a very formal look for the special meeting with Dmitry Medvedev. During the following period he will be organizing various programming contests to find and hire some of the best programmers in Russia. Medvedev is aware of the importance that good programmers have for countries, which is why he tried to convince Zuckerberg to expand his business to Russia and, hopefully, retain the highly trained and skilled work force on its territory.
In fact, Medvedev has always been perceived as a tech-friendly person during his presidential mandate between 2008 and 2012. He adopted a modernized program in 2008 with the intention to increase the use of computers on the Russian territory.
Russian web companies have bigger shares on the domestic market than their U.S. counterparts. Facebook has only 9 million users in Russia, whereas its domestic clone named VK has around 34 million.