MOSCOW, October 2 (RIA Novosti)
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visited the headquarters of Russian leading Internet search engine Yandex to hold talks with its management, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Yandex press secretary Ochir Mandzhikov declined to comment on the information.
Zuckerberg, worth an estimated $12 billion, has arrived in Moscow to connect with Russian start-up developers to beef up Facebook’s global presence and recruit Russian talent for the company.
Zuckerberg met with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday to discuss the social media giant’s potential cooperation with Russia’s burgeoning innovation sector.
After their meeting, Zuckerberg reportedly presented Medvedev with a T-shirt featuring the URL address of the prime minister’s Facebook page.
At a Facebook World Hack conference held on Monday evening in Moscow, Zuckerberg urged software developers to create new applications for his social network, the world’s largest, which would enable them to get access to almost 1 billion users.
Yandex and Facebook have been cooperating for several years. The Russian Internet search engine carries out Facebook account searches and some of the company’s services have been integrated with the U.S. social network giant.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.