Russia is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest stop on his farewell tour before stepping down as governor of California.
Before visiting Russia’s fledgling version of Silicon Valley, Schwarzenegger gushed about the country’s people calling them “extraordinary in terms of ingenuity, technology and science” and hailed the potential for growth in Russia.
He told an audience from the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia: “It’s just so extraordinary, I mean there are just so many opportunities here in Russia that you just look at this and you say ‘oh my God’, it was kind of looking at a gold mine, at a diamond mine, and you say – all you got to do is just go in there and get it.”
Schwarzenegger brought a delegation of representatives of California high-tech companies, which one American already doing business in the region appreciated.
Western Union’s Regional Vice President Jonathan Knaus said: “By bringing such a high profile delegation to Russia, meeting with the president, having discussions at such a high level in the government, that will be able to increase the awareness in the United States that certainly Russia is an attractive market and a place where we should be doing business.”
Some members of the delegation travelling with Schwarzenegger expressed concerns about a lack of transparent rules for business in Russia and corruption. The governor did not address that issue.