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The Artificial Intelligence in Russia newsletter features a summary of recent Russian-language reports on the Russian AI and autonomy ecosystem, divided into the following sections:

  • Governance and Legal Developments
  • Military and Security Developments
  • Corporate and Market Developments
  • Education and Training Developments
  • Spotlight: Altius UAV
  • In Brief: AI Federal Project

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1. Prime minister: Russia to become global AI leader

Speaking by videoconference at the plenary session of the Open Innovations Forum on October 20, Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin said that Russia plans to become a world leader in the AI field. “Artificial intelligence is the most promising area today,” he said. “And Russia plans to take a leading position with it.” Mishustin noted that developments in the field of end-to-end digital technologies allow for new ways of organizing production processes, financial services, and logistics. He also spoke about the measures undertaken in Russia to create the conditions for the emergence and development of Russian and foreign IT companies in the country, including the fact that, starting in 2021, the income tax for such businesses will be reduced to just 3 percent and the insurance premium rates will be reduced to 7.6 percent. “In general, we will continue to create favorable conditions for doing business in our country,” Mishustin stated. “Despite the difficult situation in both our country and the world, we will continue on this course.”

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DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A. Approved for public release: distribution unlimited. 11/6/2020


  • Pages: 26
  • Document Number: DOP-2020-U-028579-Final
  • Publication Date: 11/6/2020
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