• Native talent and education system — Russian programmers are on average significantly well educated and trained. Educational system is traditionally strong in fundamental sciences and math, leading to Russian programmers being well trained in problem solving and algorithmic thinking
  • Russian labor market is stable, leading to very low personnel attrition rates
  • Cultural fit and work ethic — honest communication and constructive pushback
  • Relative ease and cost of travel
  • Cost of doing business in Russia is a fraction of that in the US. Labor costs for similarly trained programmers up to 70% les than in the US or EU
  • Better IPR protection compared to other popular outsourcing destinations
  • Government support for the industry in the form of tax incentives and a country-wide network of innovation centers
  • Examples of leading companies doing software development / R&D in Russia — Many operated in the country for over a decade, all employing hundreds of software engineers (captive R&D centers):

“Inside Intel we have an expression: If you have something tough, give it to the Americans. If you have something difficult, give it to the Indians. If you have something impossible, give it to the Russians.”

Quote from Steve Chase, former President of Intel Russia

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