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Mark Zuckerberg To Meet Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev In Moscow, Reports Say

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In this Sept. 11, 2012 photograph, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pictured at a TechCrunch conference in California. Zuckerberg will be heading to Moscow next week to meet Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. | AP

Mark Zuckerberg is going to Moscow next week to meet with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reports say.

According to Forbes Russia, the Facebook founder and CEO is scheduled to meet Medvedev and two other top Russian ministers on Oct. 1.

It is believed that Zuckerberg and the Russian officials are meeting to discuss Russia's social media boom and innovation.

Medvedev, a technology buff who traveled to Silicon Valley a couple of years ago and famously received a yet-to-be-released iPhone 4 from Steve Jobs himself, has long expressed a desire to replicate "Silicon Valley’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurism in Russia," the Wall Street Journal wrote in 2010.

"Zuckerberg will be visiting Russia at a time when Internet and social network use is exploding in the country, even though Facebook lags well behind top Russian-language social network VKontakte and other homegrown rivals in user figures," Phys.org notes.

At the end of 2011, there were reportedly 9.3 million Russian users on Facebook (out of a global audience of more than 800 million). VKontakte, by comparison, had more than 34.3 million Russian users.

While in Russia, the social media mogul will also be visiting Skolkovo, Forbes reports.

Sometimes called the "Silicon Valley of Russia" (or "Medvedev's pet project"), Skolkovo is "basically a massive ‘technological innovation center / smart city-laboratory’ project, an initiative that was undertaken by the Russian government in partnership with tons of –- mostly giant –- private companies," The Next Web writes.

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