Russian equities a case for cautious optimism

Russian equities a case for cautious optimism

January 31, 2014 Ben Aris, special to RBTH

Russia’s benchmark RTS Index fell 6 percent in 2013 for one of the poorest performances on record. But analysts expect 2014 to be a better year for Russian stocks

Russia flirts with recession

Russia flirts with recession

September 6, 2013 Ben Aris, special to RBTH

Unlike in Europe, Russia's economic slowdown is a self-inflicted wound. If Russia abandons in own version of austerity, growth will soon pick up - says analyst Ben Aris

Will Kudrin replace Medvedev as Prime Minister?

Will Kudrin replace Medvedev as Prime Minister?

May 28, 2013 Ben Aris, Business New Europe

Russia’s former finance minister appears to be waiting in the wings to take over as the country’s next prime minister, but Dmitry Medvedev’s role is not yet played out

Mezzanine financing takes off

Mezzanine financing takes off

April 14, 2013 Ben Aris, special to RBTH

Russian entrepreneurs are learning about mezzanine deals as a way of avoiding being swallowed by the big fish

Why Russians are sobering up

Why Russians are sobering up

March 11, 2013 Ben Aris, special to RBTH

Russians’ legendary capacity for hard drinking is finally being challenged – by a changing work ethic and a Kremlin crackdown

Russia enjoys consumer lending boom

Russia enjoys consumer lending boom

December 12, 2012 Ben Aris

Despite the recent economic slowdown, shopping is booming in Russia, driven largely by soaring consumer credit. Russia’s major retail centers enjoy a level of customer attendance comparable to the best shopping centers anywhere in the world

Appetite grows for IPOs

Appetite grows for IPOs

October 19, 2012 Ben Aris

Russian IPOs are back on the menu after Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank, broke a four-year lean spell with a secondary public offering that raised $5.3 billion

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