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WoE The cost of reform II – boosting Russian incomes in a time of austerity

March 30, 2018

Russian president Vladimir Putin made a lot of big promises in his State of the Nation speech on March 1, but how realistic are they? In the second part of a two part series bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris talks to BCS Global Markets chief economist Vladimir Tikhomirov to discuss these i

WoE The cost of change and Putin's spending promises with Vladimir Tikhomirov - part 1

March 23, 2018

Russian president Vladimir Putin made a lot of big promises in his State of the Nation speech on March 4, but how realistic are they? And how will the Russian government pay for everything? bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris sat down with BCS Global Markets chief economist Vladimir Tikhomirov

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

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