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Moscow targets top talent to drive its digital strategy

Jonathan Andrews reports from Moscow on how the city has dramatically reduced bureaucracy and modernised its services as the mayor prepares to approve the new Smart Moscow strategy
Seventy-five percent of Muscovites are happy with the My Street programme which includes the refurbishment of 233 streets, squares and embankments
Photo: Коля Саныч

When entering the city of Moscow, on a long taxi journey from Sheremetyevo airport, it's a pleasant surprise to be able to connect to the city’s free Wi-Fi. It is the quintessential definition of a high-speed network given it even stays connected when my driver has his foot to the floor.

The introduction of free Wi-Fi across 15.5 square kilometres of the city centre, parks and metro, is just one of the many dramatic changes the city has undergone since 2010 when the then new mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, began to heavily invest in Moscow’s tech infrastructure. His first step was to put together a top team, something which the city continues to develop by headhunting the best young talent from universities and offering them positions in the city government.

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