Digital Economy Development of Russia: The Current Status and Prospects

Yuriy M. Evstifeev – Student of the DBA Program of the Higher School of Corporate Governance, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Candidate of Economic Sciences (Petrozavodsk, Russia). Е-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The digital economy is actively developing both in Russia and in the world. In recent years, this phenomenon has faced both accelerating and slowing trends in our country. The article examines the role of the digital economy and shows its rapid growth, but at the same time a limited impact on the social and economic development of Russia, as well the minor role of our country on a global field of the digital economy, based on a comparison of development indicators with other counties.

As a result, author proposed 3 potential ways for digital economy development in the future: digital autarky, a «turn to the East» and a focus on «day after tomorrow» technologies. The key success factors in any choice will be the correct vision of the digital transformation results, the government political will and the science and business willingness to be involved in development and implementation processes of the breakthrough solutions.

Key words: digital economy, information and communication technologies, gross domestic product, social and economic development, robotization.

JEL-codes: L16, L86, O11, O14.