MOSCOW (QHA) -

Russian lawmaker has proposed the creation of a Russian "Silicon Valley" in Crimea, that would house "facilities producing microelectronic and communication devices".

Valentina Matviyenko -- the speaker of the upper house of Russian Parimeant--announced this during the Parliament session.

Matviyenko said "it is necessary" to work on the creation of some kind of a Crimean Silicon Valley that would house "facilities producing microelectronic and communication devices" similar to the area in California that headquarters most of the world's major technology companies.

In 2009, Russia announced plans to build the Skolkovo Innovation Center near Moscow as Russia's future Silicon Valley.

Then-President Dmitry Medvedev said at the time the site would be a highly modern complex created to encourage science and technology companies.

QHA