Creative industries, which account for up to 10% of GDP in developed economies, are an important engine for job creation, spurring innovation and fostering a comfortable urban environment. Targeted education programmes and collaborative platforms have proven effective catalysts for creative firms, particularly in the fields of digital technologies, media, design, and culture. How has the creative economy developed both in Russia and globally? How might Russias regions boost the development of and better benefit from creative industries? And how might the expansion of the sector spur competitiveness and create the essential preconditions for the regions more active integration into the global economy?