Alena Popova, is a former TV journalist who got into Web 2.0 a while back and is now a specialist in “Government 2.0″. She is also a venture investor in a social shopping startup in Russia and startup adviser.
We chatted about the startup scene and Russia’s Skolovo project to create a Silicon Valley in Russia. She’s also working on generating greater awareness of e-government in Russia and helped establish the project Duma 2.0 in Moscow. At the recent TechCrunch Moscow event I talked to her about empowering ordinary citizens in Russia through Government 2.0 platforms – especially important in a developing economy like Russia’s where officialdom can often disappoint – and the startup scene in Russia.