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

WoE Ian Goldin VP World Bank, Prof Globalisation and Development at Oxford

October 8, 2017

After a summer hiatus bne IntelliNews podcasts are back from the Rhodes Forum that hosts the Dialogue of Civilisations conference that brings together academics, top politicians and civil activists to discuss the problems of the world.  Our editor-in-chief Ben Aris met with Ian Goldin,

WoE: Gevorg Tarumyan, deputy CEO Ameria Bank, the biggest bank in Armenia

June 6, 2017

Ameria Bank is the biggest bank in Armenia, controlling about a third of the market. The banking sector is recoving well as the region comes out of recession and could IPO soon.  bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris sat down with Gevorg Tarumyan, the deputy CEO of Ameria Bank to talk abo

WoE: Wither the ruble and Russia's reforms? Sergey Guriev, EBRD chief economist

May 19, 2017

Where is the ruble headed this year? The outlook is particularly unclear as both oil prices and the Kremlin’s economic strategy remain volatile. At the same time Russia is about to adopted a long-term economic reform strategy, but there is a big debate within the Kremlin on which direction is best

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