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Medvedev takes Schwarzenegger to Russia’s high-tech hub

Dmitry Medvedev and Arnold Schwarzenegger



October 11, 2010 (KATAKAMI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on a visit to Russia’s high-tech research hub outside Moscow on Monday.

Schwarzenegger arrived in Moscow at the head of a delegation of high-tech executives and venture businessmen on Sunday.

Medvedev and the California governor set off for Skolkovo, dubbed Russia’s Silicon Valley, after a meeting at the president’s residence at Gorki.

Schwarzenegger, who played hard-jawed Soviet narc Ivan Danko in a 1988 film Red Heat, said he never thought he would visit the Russian capital as the governor of California.

He said he was impressed by Medvedev’s enthusiasm for developing innovative and “green” technologies.

Tycoon Viktor Vekselberg, who is in charge of the Skolkovo project, played down expectations that the Kremlin and Schwarzenegger-led delegation would sign “political” contracts.

He said the visit was “another step towards boosting cooperation between the U.S. and Russian companies.”

Medvedev has made modernization the focal point of his agenda and is keen to bring U.S. know-how to Skolkovo. He visited Silicon Valley during his visit to the United States in June. He also met with Schwarzenegger during the trip.

GORKI (Moscow region), October 11 (RIA Novosti)

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