The Geography of the Digital Freelance Economy in Russia and Beyond
The advent of information and communication technologies has fueled the digital freelance economy with millions of independent contractors (freelancers) from all over the world, working for distant clients through online labour platforms. This chapter observes how the Russian language and specific socio-economic factors facilitate a distinct online labour market, that operates across the vast territory of the former Soviet Union and beyond. The data from a leading Russian-language online labour platform shed light on the complex geography of the digital freelance economy in Russia, and some important trends over an almost fifteen-year period. The study contributes to the emerging literature on the geography of the digital labour in the globalizing world.