Now that digital technologies have become a key driver of social and economic development of companies, regions and countries, the problem of the so-called digital divide, or the gap between the levels of technological capabilities, is growing increasingly acute.

In this study, the sample included all the capitals of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, as well as a number of major non-capital regional centres — 91 cities in total. The expanded analysis scope made it possible to compare cities that differ greatly in terms of their size, income level, economic structure, and history. 

The level of digital life maturity varies significantly even between leading cities not so much quantitatively as qualitatively.  Russian cities that lead in four population-based categories:

  • over 1 million people: Krasnodar and Ekaterinburg
  • 500,000 to 1 million people: Vladivostok and Tyumen
  • 100,000 to 500,000 people: Belgorod
  • less than 100,000 people: Khanty-Mansiysk
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