Taxation

As with most countries, the laws that direct the collection of tax by government are in a constant state of flux…

Faces of the Industry

Chief Executive Officer
President, Borlas Consulting Group
Founder & Chairman of the Board, ABBYY
Professor, SPbSTU; President, XJ Technologies
Co-Founder, ScrumTrek; Founder, AgileRussia
Professor, Moscow State University
Director General, TERCOM and LANIT-TERCOM; Director, Institute of Information Technologies; Head of System Programming, St. Petersburg State University
Vice President, Head of Point of Production
Founder and CEO
Co-founder, Yandex
President, National Computer Corporation; President, Aquarius Group; Board Member, Systematica Group
CEO and President
Operations Director
President, Transas Group
President & Chief Executive Officer
Senior Partner and Investment Advisor, Runa Capital; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Parallels
Director General, CROC
President, RUSSOFT
Associate Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Dr. Sci. (Phys.–Math.); Director of the Institute of System Programming
CEO, InfoWatch Group of Companies; Co-founder, Kaspersky Lab
CEO, 1C
President and Founder
CEO & Co-Founder, Kaspersky Lab
President and Founder
General Manager, I.T. Co.
CEO, PROMT
President
CEO, Hewlett-Packard Russia
General Director of Russian Venture Company (RSC); Member of the Presidential Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of the Russian Economy (MER)
Founder & CEO, yaM Labs; Founder & Director, invisibleCRM
General Manager, IBM Russia & CIS

Why Russia

Native talent and education system:
- Quality vs. quantity: while India and China have vastly more people, Russian programmers are on average significantly better educated and trained
- Russian educational system is traditionally strong in fundamental sciences and math, leading to Russian programmers being well trained in problem solving and algorithmic thinking…

Captive R&D centers

Research and development (R&D) centers owned by foreign multinational companies first began to appear in Russia in the 1990s with Debis (now T-Systems) opening in 1995, followed by Intel and Deutsche Bank in 2001, and Oracle (which now incorporates Sun Microsystems) in 2004. The trend continues with new R&D centers…

Independent Software Vendors

An ISV (independent software vendor) develops and sells its own software products and ready-made solutions on both the Russian domestic market and for export. It’s difficult to estimate the total revenue of Russian software vendors…

Doing IT business in Russia

IT hubs (cities)

The majority of Russia’s export-oriented outsourcers are located in the country’s major cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Nizhny Novgorod. According to the RUSSOFT survey, Novosibirsk, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Veliky Novgorod and Kazan are among the top ten Russian software development destinations…

Regulatory climate

Since Russia’s emergence as a market-based and globally integrated economy, the country has been successful in enacting rational legislation and creating commercial and institutional structures that favor the implementation of software outsourcing agreements that are binding and enforceable, and allowing it software outsourcing to grow and operate efficiently…

Labor laws

Russian labor law, while adhering international standards in most key areas, differs from EU and US law in significant ways that may increase the burdens placed upon an employer. While the letter of the law is extremely exacting, in practice there are many ways in which employers can and do get around the laws. Not only is there a difference in the way that the laws are laid out…

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