WoE: Russian cinema reclaiming its lost legacy with Olga Zinyakova, CEO of Karo

January 13, 2019

A record 56mn Russians - one in three people in the country - went to the movies last year earning the leading cinema chains a record box office take of $200mn. The industry has been growing by 10% a year for the last five years – three times faster than the real economy – making it the big

WoE: That was the year that was with Eugene Chausovsky of Stratfor

January 2, 2019

2018 was a tough year for New Europe with the military conflict in Eastern Europe escalating following a naval clash between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov and a full scale currency crisis in Turkey that has hobbled the economy dominating the headlines. And the prospects for 2019 don't loo

WoE: Plastics in the snow: Sibur takes the lead in Russia's burgeoning petrochemical sector with CEO Dmitry Konov

December 19, 2018

Russia has been called a petroecongomy and over reliant on the simple business of pulling oil and gas out of the ground and sending it down a pipeline to the international markets. Sibur is Russia’s biggest petrochemical company and is going up the value chain. The company’s $9bn ZapSib plant ba

WoE: Smaller Russian equity market pie, but bigger pieces with Kirill Chuyko, head of research at BCS GM

December 13, 2018

Crisis, sanctions, an economic slow down have all impacted the appeal of Russia’s equity story and the pie has gotten smaller. However, as the big international houses scale back and move their research to London, while the household broker/dealer names from the 90s have either sold to state-owned

Russia's dynamic fintech growth

November 25, 2018

Fintech and e-commerce is growing ten-times faster than the rest of the Russian economy as the leading companies leapfrog over several stages of development. bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris hosted a fintech panel at the recent Moscow Exchange (MOEX) annual investment summit in New York w

WoE: Russia's games in Syria with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

October 10, 2018

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Verdana} The military phase of the conflict in Syria seems to be coming to an end. There is only one rebel hold out in Idlib and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has officially said Russia will pull out (although the Russian forces ther

WoE BCS GM broker/dealer diversifying out of Russia with CEO Roman Lokhov

October 3, 2018

BCS Global Markets is the new kid on the block and a fast growing broker/dealer. Having founded a successful business in Russia it is now diversifying into western markets. It recently became the first Russian investment bank to get access to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and has a big

WoE: Ukraine and the IMF deal: can the country pay its debts? with Mykhaylo Demkiv of ICU

August 28, 2018

Ukraine is running out of money. It has over a $1bn of debt that comes due this autumn and the government has managed to scrap together enough to meet this payment thanks to dollar and euro Eurobond issues on the domestic market as well as a $750mn Eurobond private placement on August 23. Ho

WoE: Russians get the investment bug with Vyacheslav Smolyaninov chief strategist and deputy head of research at BCS Global Markets

June 21, 2018

Russia’s falling interest rates have fundamentally changed the way the average Russian thinks about their life savings. Following the years of hyperinflation during the 90s the interest rate sensitive Russians have traditionally sought out banks that pay the highest deposit rates in an effort to a

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