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Amnesty Could Boost the Investment Climate

By Chris Weafer

MOSCOW, April 29, 2013, (TMT) - The government is finally about to start addressing the third of the so-called troika of issues which business managers and investors, both domestic and foreign, have consistently cited as the main reasons preventing the increase in much-needed investment. Almost every major survey over the past 10 years that has asked the question, "Why is investment in Russia so low, and why is the perception of risk so high?" has listed three problems above all others: the high cost of corruption payments, too much red tape and weak legal protection for investors and businesses.

Read more... Monday, 29 April 2013 20:21
 
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Putin Ramps Up Declaration Requirements

IvanovSergeyBy Jonathan Earle

MOSCOW, April 02, 2013 (TMT) - Presiden tVladimir Putin has expanded declaration requirements for more than 1.3 million state employees and given the Kremlin the power to demand and check disclosures, significant steps toward carrying out the government's stalled anti-corruption plan.

Read more... Tuesday, 02 April 2013 20:09
 
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Russia Remains in Last Place for Public Trust

By Irina Filatova

MOSCOW, March 12, 2013 (TMT) - The level of trust in government officials and business executives remains dramatically low in Russia, with most residents saying they are more inclined to rely on their colleagues and independent experts, a research company said Tuesday.

Read more... Tuesday, 12 March 2013 08:43
 
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Putin Allies Climb Up Forbes List

By Howard Amos

MOSCOW, March 5, 2013 (TMT) - The personal fortunes of businessmen rumored to enjoy close relationships with President Vladimir Putin jumped sharply in a new Forbes ranking as Facebook investor Alisher Usmanov retained the title of Russia's richest man.

Read more... Tuesday, 05 March 2013 21:10
 
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RenCap Strips Down After Split

RenaissanceCapitalMOSCOW, February 27, 2013 (Reuters) - Russian-focused Renaissance Capital will strip itself down to a pure-play investment bank and sell all noncore assets after its business divorce from founder Stephen Jennings, its CEOs said.

Read more... Wednesday, 27 February 2013 21:01
 
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The Russia-China Relationship And The Russian Far East – Analysis

By Richard Rousseau -- (February 21, 2013) - Historically, Russia-China relations have been characterized by long periods of mistrust, interspersed with bouts of anger, fear, resentment, and at times even open hostilities. During the Soviet period, Moscow and Beijing were, for the most part, able to present a superficial front of friendship based on a common communist ideology. Yet, despite their past differences—at times irreconcilable—the two countries are now cooperating and could even become ‘bedfellows’ again, a development that would be perceived as rather alarming by many Western analysts.

Read more... Thursday, 21 February 2013 20:55
 
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Russia and Central Asia: Missed Opportunities and New Prospects

central-asiaVLASOV, Alexei

What is Russia's role in Central Asia? How do those in Central Asia perceive Moscow's policies? What is at the core of this relationship: labor migration, multimillion loans, or Russia’s security umbrella?

Read more... Wednesday, 20 February 2013 20:48
 
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Putin Submits Bill Banning Officials From Holding Foreign Assets

By Alexander Winning

MOSCOW, February 13, 2013 (The Moscow Times) - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday submitted a bill to the State Duma that seeks to ban government officials from holding overseas bank accounts or owning foreign-issued bonds and shares.

Read more... Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:37
 


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