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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Microsoft Starts Production in Russia

Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, started producing its Windows and Microsoft Office programs in Russia to tap surging demand for licensed goods in the world's second-biggest copyright violator.

"Production started a few months ago in Yaroslavl," Microsoft spokesman Pyotr Suzdalev said by phone in Moscow on Tuesday. "The discs will be used by original equipment manufacturers and will meet the demand of the Russian market."

Microsoft said in September that sales in Russia surged 72 percent in the year to July as the rate of piracy declined and incomes rose, boosting demand for computers that run on licensed software. Sales of the company's Windows XP system climbed 76 percent in the period, to more than 2 million copies.

Microsoft's Russian computer discs are made by a German unit of Bertelsmann, Europe's biggest media company. The unit, Sonopress, is one of Europe's largest providers of delivery systems for digital content ranging from videos and music to games and graphics.