This chapter discusses the founding of a city near Moscow to promote research and development of electronic technology. The chapter reveals that Khrushchev approved Staros and Joseph Berg's plan to invest hundreds of millions of rubles to build an entire city on the outskirts of Moscow. The new city was to be devoted to researching and producing a new generation of electronics technology, from integrated circuits to digital computers—a secret Soviet version of the Silicon Valley that was forming about the same time in California. Khrushchev had made it clear that Staros and Berg would be in charge and could rely on the full power of the Soviet state to support the project. They had the freedom to recruit the best and the brightest as well as the authority to cut through the red tape that strangled most Russian efforts to innovate.
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