Moscow will host the Eurasian Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment Solutions Congress in late March. The event is the second of its kind focused on electronics recycling in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) nations – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. According to Moscow-based Ruslom and Rusmet, the event’s organizers, the EAEU is “a new and fast growing recycling market that generates about 1.5 million tonnes of electronic scrap per year with a value of more than €400 million (USD $430 million).”
Vkontakte, a Russian social network with 88 million registered users in Russia and 143 million worldwide, has sued two companies, Double Data and the National Bureau of Credit Histories, for what the company claims is unauthorized collection of users’ information. Vkontakte claims the unauthorized collection slows the social network’s speed, and wants compensation. Vkontakte is the second most popular website in Russia in terms of daily users, trailing search engine Yandex.
Smartphone owners in Russia can no longer download the LinkedIn app from the iTunes and Google Play app stores, after the app ran afoul of local laws that require companies to store data on Russian citizens within the nation’s borders. Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has several million users in Russia. “It denies access to our members in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses,” said Nicole Leverich, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn.
A Russian delegation visited Belarus in February, looking for potential opportunities for venture financing. “We have created a new way to finance innovative projects,” said Chairman of the State Science and Technology Committee of Belarus Alexander Shumilin. Potential targets for investment include radio electronics, information technologies, biotechnologies and nanotechnologies, according to Shumilin.
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