Category Archives: foreign investment

Russian Business Environment Update – Part I

Economic Fundamentals Economic indicators over the past year were mixed, although a consensus view appears to be forming that they were a net negative and, notably, underscored the long-run structural deficiencies in Russia’s economic development model rather than short-term risks. … Continue reading

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Jackson-Vanik: Exit, Stage Left

There is a now-infamous study on the subject of “decision fatigue,” which looked at decisions by Israeli judges to grant vs. deny parole. The researchers found a wildly skewed trend in the judge’s decisions, but not by criminal history, ethnicity, … Continue reading

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Strategic Sectors Law Update – Draft Amendments and Commission on Foreign Investment Meeting

Last week, PM Putin chaired the latest meeting of the Commission on Foreign Investment and the following day the draft amendments to the Strategic Sectors Law (SSL) entered their third reading, after languishing in 2nd reading purgatory since the summer. … Continue reading

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Strategic Sectors Law Update – Second Meeting of 2011

On July 20, 2011, the Commission on Foreign Investments met for the second time this year and reviewed 13 applications from foreign investors wishing to pursue business projects in Russia. Deals Reviewed Total S.A.–20.5%–>OAO “Yamal LNG” This is part of … Continue reading

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IKEA in Russia – Light at the End of the Tunnel?

It has been six months since I last wrote on IKEA, and I thought it was time to check in on TRM’s favorite foreign investor in Russia.  In December, it appeared that IKEA’s problems were only getting worse.  The whole story … Continue reading

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