Researchers from the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK), studied patent data from 2008 to 2016 and compiled a ranking of Russian cities by number of pending invention patents. The paper discusses the technological specialization and patent portfolios of the Russian ‘technograds’ — the cities which are the key actors in contributing to the development of new technologies in the country.

Eleven cities have been identified as leaders (producing over 50% of all patented inventions in total). They are the domains that make the highest contribution in the national development of new technology:

  •  Moscow
  •  St. Petersburg
  •  Voronezh
  •  Ufa
  •  Kazan
  •  Novosibirsk
  •  Yekaterinburg
  •  Krasnodar
  •  Perm
  •  Samara
  •  Tomsk

In terms of their biggest types of technological output, Russia’s tech cities fall in three groups:

  • Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Tomsk are focused mainly on high tech;
  • Krasnodar and Perm are focused on less knowledge-intensive, ‘low tech’;
  • Voronezh, Ufa, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, and Samara have mixed profiles that include both high tech and low tech.
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