The technology incubation campus outside Moscow has retooled itself in the face of challenging times and a changing political scene.

John Tefft, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, at Startup Village.

John Tefft, the U.S. ambassaor to Russia, does not deliver many warm, ceremonial speeches these days. He did get the chance to dust off his ribbon-cutting skills last month at the opening of Startup Village at the Skolkovo Innovation Center outside Moscow, also known as Russia's would-be Silicon Valley. 

"I'm here to testify to the continuing interest of the United States in this project," he said. "Skolkovo has played a very positive role in encouraging businesses, and much more lies ahead."


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