Condoleezza Rice to visit Russian hi-tech hub

Former U.S. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice will visit Russia’s Silicon Valley-style hi-tech hub in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo later on Friday.

Rice, a professor of political economy at Stanford University, will take part in a roundtable conference on innovation. She is leading a group of 40 U.S. students visiting Moscow.

Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, who is in charge of the project, is also expected to participate.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited the hi-tech hub earlier in March.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is leading efforts to modernize Russia, and is seeking foreign partners for Skolkovo, which is being built from scratch just 20 km outside of Moscow.

Last year, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger brought a delegation of Silicon Valley business leaders and investors to Skolkovo to help establish connections.


MOSCOW, March 25 (RIA Novosti)

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