Author Archives: Jesse Heath

Strategic Sectors Law Update – Second (and Last) Commission Meeting of 2013

On November 13, 2013, PM Medvedev held the second and final meeting of the Commission on Foreign Investment for 2013. According to public sources, the following deals were addressed: China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corp. –> Yamal … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, Law, legal update, offshore, oligarchs, strategic industries

Growth of Russian Bureaucracy – Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law is a principle governing the natural expansion of bureaucracies, famously articulated in a 1955 essay in the Economist. Under Parkinson’s Law, a government bureaucracy – and, arguably, the administrative staff of some large modern corporations – will naturally … Continue reading

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How the ‘Experts Case’ Explains Everything that’s Happening in Russia Right Now

As covered in the previous post, in June a prominent Russian economist – Sergey Guriev – fled Russia after investigators began targeting him in the case of a 2011 report on the human rights implications of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s ongoing incarceration. … Continue reading

Posted in Bastrykin, Chaika, criminal law, Dmitry Medvedev, Economic development, economics, Government of Russia, Guriev, investigative committee, legislation, Medvedev, mvd, officials, prosecutor general, Putin, rule of law, russia, Russian economy, siloviki, u.s.-russia relations, Vladimir Putin | 2 Comments

The Guriev Affair – Signal or Noise?

Last month, well-known Russian economist Sergei Guriev fled Russia in an apparent attempt to avoid what he described as a politically motivated investigation of his involvement in co-authoring a 2011 report critical of Russia’s prosecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. In an … Continue reading

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Strategic Sectors Law Update – First Commission Meeting of 2013 and Amendments to Law

On April 19, PM Medvedev held the first Foreign Investment Commission meeting of 2013. At the outset, Medvedev noted that Russia received over $50 bln in FDI inflows over the course of 2012. This statement is drawn from Central Bank … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Business and Economy, Economic development, economics, Foreign direct investment, foreign investment, Government of Russia, Law, legal update, legislation, pharma, russia, strategic industries