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Deputy PM Igor Shuvalov Announces VK Social Initiative

Igor Shuvalov
Igor Shuvalov at the World Economic Forum

The government of the Russian Federation, in partnership with social network Vkontakte, will begin a platform in which citizens and entrepreneurs in small municipalities will interact with Federal authorities. First Deputy Prime Minister, Igor Shuvalov told reporters the new engagement will further support for single industry towns in the Federation. 

According to the news from Moscow, the new platform initegation will allow government agencies and officials to observe small communities across Russia, while at the same time allowing somewhat isolated Russian citizens upward access to officials and decision makers. 

Just last week Mr. Shuvalov told the cabinet of an anti-crisis plan for widespread support for small and medium sized businesses hit hard be economic and foreign policy issues. Meanwhile, interesting talks in between Iran and the Russian government may spell relief for some beleaguered Russian businesses. Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei said late last week, Tehran is interested in creating a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Turning back to these “single industry towns in Russia,” as many as one third of the three hundred such towns in Russia are considered to be in a “severe economic situation.”

Russia's economic situation, while stable now, has not been good for SMEs and medium sized businesses, such as those in these so-called "single industry towns," the VK initiative is aimed at connecting. According to Shuvalov, funds will now be allocated for training representatives of those single-industry towns at the Moscow school of management, SKOLKOVO.VK gets about 50% of all social media traffic on the internet and via mobile, across the Russian Federation.