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A smart city model: Under what paradigm is Russia developing?

Vol. 17, Iss. 5, MAY 2019

Received: 18 March 2019

Received in revised form: 26 March 2019

Accepted: 1 April 2019

Available online: 16 May 2019


JEL Classification: O18; O21; O32; P25; R58

Pages: 926–944

Krinichanskii K.V. Financial University under Government of Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation

Subject This article examines the practices of implementing smart solutions in Russian cities and the conditions under which the process proceeds.
Objectives The article aims to identify how smart cities' strategies are disseminated in Russian practice and define conditions that promote or hinder the advancement of smart solutions in Russian cities.
Methods For the study, I used the methods of statistical, comparative (including graphical) analyses, and a political-economic analysis of incentives and motives of market entities' behavior.
Results The article presents and analyzes a sample of leading cities introducing smart technologies to improve the quality of life of townspeople. It defines quantitative parameters of smart solutions implementation and reveals the main conditions and factors of development of smart cities in Russia according to various criteria.
Conclusions In general, the Russian model of smart city is more focused on the offer, as most smart solutions are progressing thanks to the efforts of companies and the State. The areas realizing government (national) programmes and projects are State-influenced most. However, there are conditions that promote smart cities in response to the demand for smart solutions. Technological innovation and pro-active business approach to use innovative technologies contribute to this.

Keywords: smart city, smart solution, digital technology, Russian cities, Russian regions


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