Debate in Moscow: Will Russia become one of the leaders in high-tech production?

On October 1, 2013, the Moscow City Government, Debate Night, the Center for Innovative Development in Moscow, and Technopolis Moskva will host a debate on the topic: "Will Russia become one of the leaders in high-tech production?"

Given the current state of the Russian economy, the topic is not only controversial but also of great importance. There are a number of industries that are well-positioned to show substantial growth in high-tech production, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, composite materials, aviation, IT and nanotechnology. The industry list is still highly debated by the expert community.

Over 250 guests—senior executives, high-ranking government officials and industry experts—will attend the upcoming debate. Intellectual partners of Debate Night include the Skolkovo Foundation and National Research University–Higher School of Economics. A research analysis on high-tech production in Russia will be prepared and presented at the debate.

Key debate questions

  • In which sectors of high-tech production can Russia gain global leadership?
  • Which factors will contribute to development of this leadership role?
  • Which factors will hold Russia back?
  • How to prioritize between traditional, high-volume industries and innovative, high-margin industries?
  • What is the ideal relationship between the government and the private sector, with respect to high-tech production industries? 


For the motion

  • Alexei Komissarov, Head of the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship in Moscow
  • Vladimir Hlebnikov, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Composite
  • Sergei Arhipov, Chief Innovation Officer, President of Harvard Club of Russia

Against the motion

  • Yevgeny Gavrilenkov, General Economist  at Sberbank
  • Eldor Azizov, General Director of   Nikohim
  • Alexander Grachev, General Director of SPT Group (Schlumberger, Russia)


  • Constantine Fokin, General Director at the Center for  Innovative Development in Moscow
  • Alexei Ivanov, Director of the Department of Legal Policy and Community Development at The Skolkovo Foundation
  • Mark Shmulevich, Deputy Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation
  • Oleg Fomichev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

The debate will be followed by a road-show of Russia's most promising high-tech production companies from the following industries:

  • Bioengineering
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Energy
  • Automative production systems
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Robotics

Event details

  • Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
  • Time: Guests gather between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Technopolis Moskva, Volgogradskiy Pr. 42, Bldg. 24
  • Entrance: By ticket, guest list, media accreditation
  • Dress code: Business

Accreditation and partnership: 

Attendance: Daria Kislitsyna, +7 (967) 128-0057, e-mail:

Partnerships and sponsorship opportunities: Umeda Ganieva, +7 (903) 009-6009, e-mail:

Media partnerships and media accreditation: Alena Vantorina, +7 (915) 170-7656, e-mail:

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