According to a study completed by the Ministry of Communications (MinSvyaz), 1,343 Russian localities – each with a population between 500 and 10,000 – still lack access to basic internet and mobile services. Online news outlet ComNews.ru notes that most of the areas in question are situated in Stavropol Krai, the Republic of Bashkortostan, Novosibirsk Oblast, the Republic of Dagestan and the Karachay–Cherkess Republic. At the end of 2013, there were said to be more than 17,500 recognised localities in Russia, meaning that approximately 7.7% of the population still lack access to communication services.
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