Thursday, November 12, 2009

Medvedev Stresses Modernization in Address

What would Dostoevsky say (WWDS?)

MOSCOW, Nov 12 (Reuters) - President Dmitry Medvedev called on Russia on Thursday to refocus its economy away from Soviet-era energy and heavy industry towards information technology, telecommunications and space.

"Instead of a primitive economy based on raw materials, we shall create a smart economy, producing unique knowledge, new goods and technologies, goods and technologies useful for people," Medvedev said.

"Instead of an archaic society, in which leaders think and decide for everybody, we shall become a society of intelligent, free and responsible people," he added.

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