Mr. Zuckerberg Goes To Russia: Red Square, McDonald’s, Meeting With The Prime Minister

By David Cohen 

Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Moscow Monday to meet with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Deputy Prime Ministers Arkady Dvorkovich and Vladislav Surkov.

AFP reported that Zuckerberg made the trip to discuss cooperation in IT technology and startups in the Skolkovo Innovation Center, a Silicon Valley-style technology-development park just outside Moscow, likely hoping to boost Facebook’s presence in the country, where VKontakte is currently the top social network.

According to AFP, Zuckerberg donned his trademark hoodie and posed for pictures in Red Square, prior to sampling the native cuisine — of McDonald’s.

The stop at the golden arches isn’t much of a surprise. After all, Mail Online pointed out that Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan also dined at a McDonald’s in Rome while on their honeymoon.

Zuckerberg then shed the hoodie for a suit and tie for his meeting with Medvedev and company, posting a picture with the prime minister to his Facebook page.

According to AFP, some Russian firms are not too happy with Zuckerberg’s visit, claiming that he is in the country to poach technical talent, with VKontakte and fellow Russian Internet company Group telling daily business newspaper Vedomosti Facebook had made overtures to some of their employees.

Readers: Do you think Facebook will be able to carve into VKontakte’s huge lead in Russia?