Facebook founder seeks new talent in Russia

Oct 4, 2012
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev welcomed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to Moscow 1 October. Medvedev, an enthusiastic blogger and Twitter user, said he was one of Russia’s estimated 10 million users of the social networking site.

Zuckerberg was in Russia at the conclusion of a series of events in 12 countries to identify young IT talent, leading some Russian media to liken the visit to a head-hunting tour. The director of one Russian IT company wrote on his Facebook page that the California company was interviewing programmers and offering jobs and immediate relocation to the United States to successful candidates, state-owned RT reports.

RT quotes Medvedev’s press secretary, Natalya Timakova, as saying he and Zuckerberg discussed the high-tech hub at Skolkovo, outside Moscow, as a potential site for startups of mutual interest. Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov blogged during the meeting that the pair also agreed to a Facebook-sponsored research center in Russia, RT writes.

Facebook is not the biggest social network in Russia, RIA Novosti notes. The very similar Russian-language Vkontakte site has an estimated 33 million users.

Dmitry Medvedev greets Mark Zuckerberg in Moscow 1 October. Photo: Medvedev’s official Facebook page.

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