From Russia, with love : Zuckerberg meets an elated Russian PM!
"You probably know that here in Russia we have not only oil, gas, gold and diamonds - there is also an IT industry," said an elated Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry A. Medvedev to the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
On Monday, the Facebook founder was in Moscow, Russia to boost the social network's presence in the country. With it's 5 million user base in the country, Facebook is still not the number one social network and trails behind VKontakte, the Russian-language rival of Facebook.
Zuckerberg made his maiden trip to the country, after a programmer in Russia won Facebook's Hacker Cup competition.
The IT sector in Russia has seen an upward trend with IT firms like the Internet search engine Yandex, who launched its own browser earlier this week, and anti-virus software maker Kaspersky Lab, that have been huge successes globally.
The Facebook founder met Prime Minister Medvedev, who told Zuckerberg that the IT sector in the country was booming, and it was as good an area for investment as the country's natural resources sectors. According to Russia's Communication Minister, Nikolai Nikoforov, discussions were also on for a Facebook research centre in Russia.
Zuckerberg also visited the Red Square and later, wrote on his Facebook page that the conversation with the Russian Prime Minister had been "good". He also posted a photo of himself in front of St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square.
Interestingly, two of the Facebook's biggest investors, Alisher Usmanov and Yuri Milner are also Russians, though Zuckerberg did not meet any of them.
As a parting gift, Zuckerberg gave gave Medvedev a T-shirt with the Facebook address of the Prime Minister (Facebook.com/Dmitry.Medvedev) printed at the front.