The issue of balancing support for stronger and weaker IT companies is very acute in the region
There is rather sizeable support at the federal level for the regions. It aims to support all regions equally, but, as we know, there is feedback, which is a negative factor in this case. Specifically, if the IT base in a certain region is strong enough and many startups are based there, they are more likely to gain this support. They gain more, and hence they expand their community and become even stronger. So, it turns out that powerful hubs become stronger, while the weaker ones gradually decline, as the resources flow into the stronger ones — Tagir Aushev, Head of the Laboratory of High Energy Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
To help the weak ones or the strong ones? To strengthen the weak ones or to make the strong ones stronger yet? These questions are quite rhetorical. I personally believe that the strong ones should get help. For sure, we must bet on the leaders so that the strong ones become even stronger — Maxim Parshin, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.
The question of whether to provide support for the stronger ones or not. It seems to me that it is not exactly the right way to put it, because I said at some point: “Okay, we do this on our own.” Everything that has been done in Yakutia, has been done by the regional government. Now, if we take Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk for example, perhaps their starting point is low, but their team in the regional authorities is very strong. I have a feeling that we need to support Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk now, because right now they have potential for growth — Anatoly Semenov, Minister of Innovations, Digital Development and Communication Technologies of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).