WoE: Moldova’s banking sector turning the corner

May 9, 2019

Moldova has long been a money-laundering black hole. Then in 2014 they had a shock when more than $1bn was stolen from the bank sector – equivalent to 15% of GDP. Belatedly the government is now responding. Stakes in three of the countries biggest banks, which together account for about 80% of

WoE: Gas Wars, Naftogaz prepares to be cut off by Russia with Naftogaz executive director Yuriy Vitrenko

May 3, 2019

The gas war between Ukraine’s national monopolist Naftogaz and the Russian behemoth Gazprom is rushing towards a climax. Last December Naftogaz won a historic $2.6bn award from Gazprom after the Stockholm arbitration court, but Gazprom refused to pay and now the Ukranian energy company is trying t

Mkt Wrap: Ukraine's Local Bond Market set to take off

April 29, 2019

At the end of April Ukraine’s domestic hryvnia-denominate debt market is set to be hooked up to the international Clearstream payment and settlement system that will open the market to a whole new pool of investment capital. Bond traders will be able to buy and sell Ukraine’s local debt directly

WoE Wither Kazakhstan with Professor Alexey Malashenko, the Chief Researcher at Dialogue of the Civilizations

April 10, 2019

Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev surprised everyone and no one by stepping down from office last month after nearly three decades in power. We are now in a transition phases where Nazarbayev eases himself out of office, but clearly he intends to remain fully in control of the process. On Apr

WoE: KDL and the march of Russia's medical lab services business

April 2, 2019

Russia has many flourishing sectors like oil and agriculture, but the rise of the middle class has given rise to increasingly sophisticated services. bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris talked to KDL’s CEO Yuri Leonov, who runs one of Russia’s largest privately owned medical laboratory s

bne Market Wrap: Blue chips increasing dividends are set to out perform

March 14, 2019

The Russian leading stock index the dollar denominated Russia Trading System (RTS) has been largely range bound for most of the last four years trading between 1,000 and 1,200, but underneath at the corporate level a lot has been happening. The various crises have caused a consolidation in many s

WoE:Russia’s economy is sick but the pharmaceutical sector is healthy with Andrey Ospiov, CEO Santens Logistic Service LLC

March 11, 2019

Everyone needs medicine but Russia is a long way from being able to produce everything for itself; despite the import-substitution drive, Russia remains dependent on imports. Pharmaceuticals is a good example of the development of the retail business and has been largely unaffected by the crises.

WoE ITI Funds democratising the asset management business

February 13, 2019

WoE ITI Funds democratising the asset management business Since the fall of the Soviet Union Russia has embraced capitalism and the one thing it is really good at is managing money. World Bank studies have found Russia financial system is on a par with western peers and the Russian Central Bank

WoE: Russian cutthroat online taxi business, with development officer of Vezet Ilya O’Guy

January 29, 2019

Russia’s taxi business has become ultra-competitive. Already running for several years, the incumbent Yandex.Taxi subsidies its drivers and won’t go into profit until maybe this year. It has already forced Uber into a merger and may IPO in the next two years. In this shark tank the gypsy cabs

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