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WoE Putin for president

March 19, 2018

Russia went to the polls on March 18 to elect a new president. There was never any doubt over who they would choose. President Vladimir Putin was a shoo-in to be re-elected for a forth term in office. Is that a good thing or bad?  bne editor-in-chief Ben Aris sat down with Tom Blackwell, fou

WoE Putin's State of the Nation Missile showcase

March 1, 2018

On March 1 Russian president Vladimir Putin delivered what was maybe the most aggressive speech of his career. Irked by the broken promises by Nato not to expand eastwards and fed up with being ignored, he spent the second half of his speech showcasing Russia’s new generation of nuclear missiles,

WoE Tinkoff building a lifestyle bank

February 2, 2018

Tinkoff Bank is Russia's only purely online bank and one of the largest online banks in the world. A relatively new entry into the sector it has built up an entire business from a single credit card offering to today's range of services. Now the bank wants to build a super app that changes the meani

WoE: Whither Russia's equity market in 2018?

January 26, 2018

Russia’s equity market is coming back to life as the economy recovers and investors start to relieve their pent up demand for exposure to high yielding growth stories.  The leading dollar denominated Russia Trading System (RTS) index was up by half in 2016 and while it was essentially flat

WoE ICOs: hype or revolution?

December 8, 2017

The market for ICOs is exploding. Investors have poured over $3bn into more than 200 ICOs this year, according to data from Coinschedule.com, and the tech-savvy Russia is a major player in the game. At the crossroads between crowdfunding and traditional IPOs, Russians already account for a dispro

WoE Campbell Bethwaite, managing partner of Redstone Capital, the leading Russian fintech holding

December 3, 2017

Fintech is exploding in Russia, albeit from a very low base. bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris sat down with Campbell Bethwaite, the managing partner of Redstone Capital (recently renamed from Finteca) to talk about the sector and its prospects. Redstone is a holding company that has set up a

WoE Jia Qingguo, Dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University

November 3, 2017

Russia and China were frenemies during the Cold War, but in recent years they have been driven closer together in what has been described as the “best synergy on the planet.” What may have started as a marriage of convenience is now turning into a real military-economic alliance.  The ad

WoE Natalya Kaspersky president of InfoWatch GB

October 20, 2017

Russia has become infatuated with tech and Natalya Kasperskaya has been there from the beginning. She is one of Russia’s top businesswomen and a co-founder of anti-virus powerhouse Kaspersky Labs, which she set up with her former husband in 1994. However, following their separation ten years ag

WoE Djoomart Otorbaev exPM Kyrgyzstan 2014-15

October 13, 2017

Things are moving very fast in Central Asia. Following the death of Uzbek president Islam Karimov that country is rapidly opening and beginning the process of improving political and economic ties with its neighbours. And this weekend the Kyrgyz go to the polls to choose a new president in a rare

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