Russia Direct holds a debate on the future of Russian innovation in Moscow on July 24th.

A new tram called Russia One, which was developed in Russia, has been shown to the public for the first time in Yekaterinburg on July 9. Photo: RIA Novosti.

The current crisis in Russia’s relations with the West might lead to negative consequences for the future economic development of Russia, generally, and its innovation potential, more specifically. The ongoing confrontation already shows signs of reducing the level of cooperation between Russian companies and their European and U.S. partners in the IT sector.

In this case, is Russia going to focus on its own innovative development and increase its collaboration with Asia? What challenges will Russia face in order to limit the negative impact of economic sanctions and political confrontation? Given the ongoing EU-Russia Year of Science 2014 and the coming Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development ‘Open Innovations’ (taking place October 14-16) the future of Russian innovation is a topic worthy of greater attention.

Businessmen, government officials and experts in the IT field will gather on July 24th at the Russia Direct Business Lunch in order to share opinions on these issues and analyze the possible prospects for the future development of the Russian IT sector.

The questions to be discussed at the event include:

 - Russian innovation and the consequences of Western-led sanctions

 - Cooperation between Russia, the U.S. and the European Union: How does it look today and how will sanctions affect economic relations?

 - Russia’s pivot to Asia: Collaboration, risks and prospects 

If you’d like to attend the event, please contact us by emailing The number of places is limited.

Language: Russian

July 24, 2014 // 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Digital October, Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya, 6с3, Moscow, Russia