Moscow

Given its deep roots in science & mathematics, Russians may very well be the real O.G. (original geeks). Just look at recent statistics, and it’s clear why Russia is experiencing a tech renaissance—one in two Russians are internet users, the country just overtook Germany as Europe’s largest internet market, and it boasts a GDP-per-capita growth rate of  around 13pc annually from 1999-2010. The result: Russian consumers have major purchasing power and are rapidly embracing the online economy. Just look at companies like Yandex, Mail.ru, Wikimart.ru, KupiVIP.ru, & Ostrovok.ru, and it becomes very clear that Russia has stealthily emerged as a major player in the global tech scene.

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