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. Last Updated: 07/27/2014
Articles by Howard Amos

Howard Amos joined The Moscow Times' business desk as a reporter in November 2010 and writes on a variety of topics, including macroeconomics, finance and banking, and energy. He lived in Russia for a year before joining the paper. You can contact him at h.amos@imedia.ru or follow him on Twitter at @howardamos.


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Ultranationalist Right Sector Opens Molotov Cocktail Cafe in Lviv

The marginal ultranationalist group so despised in Russia for its dalliance with anti-Semitism and violent role in toppling the legitimate government in Ukraine two months ago has traded in its body armor and ski masks for aprons and paintbrushes in Lviv.

Corruption and Control Define Russia's Border Zones

On the face of it, there are few similarities between the city of Blagoveshchensk, located in the Far East, and the country's natural gas capital of Novy Urengoi, 3,000 kilometers away in the tundra just below the Arctic circle.

Q&A: Maria Yeliseyeva's Children Don't Feel Like Orphans

Maria Yeliseyeva has always been surrounded by children. In addition to the five she gave birth to, she has fostered another five from Russian orphanages.

Moscow Hits the Road to Sell Itself Abroad

It is the first time that Moscow attempts to reach out to investors in such a way and is part of a new public relations drive.

Business Travel in Russia Fraught With Bureaucratic Pitfalls

While most Russians wade through a bureaucratic quagmire to get a visa for the European Union or the United States, once they arrive they enjoy almost complete freedom of movement.

Kremlin Backs Cyprus Bailout Deal

A deal between Cyprus and European lenders was backed by the Kremlin on Monday even as top Russian officials unleashed a storm of angry rhetoric about a compulsory levy on local bank accounts included in the rescue package.

Berezovsky Dies Amid Growing Woes

As speculation swirled after Boris Berezovsky's sudden demise, friends and associates suggested that a series of personal and financial shocks suffered by the former Kremlin kingmaker and billionaire could have contributed to depression and mounting health problems.

Medvedev Calls Cyprus Plan 'Absurd'

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday intensified his criticism of a plan by European financial authorities to rescue the Cypriot economy, labeling it as "completely absurd," in the most colorful response yet by Russian officials to the controversial measures.

Cyprus Fails to Obtain Kremlin Aid

A desperate effort by Cypriot authorities to win financial aid from the Kremlin failed to yield any results Wednesday, as a deal eluded Cyprus' finance minister, Michalis Sarris, during a visit to Moscow.

Morgan Stanley Reduces Russia's Growth Forecast

Morgan Stanley joined the ranks of those predicting a sluggish period for the Russian economy Monday as it cut its 2013 growth forecast to below 3 percent.

Nabiullina Likely to Pursue Dovish Policy, Yield to Political Pressure

Asked to end speculation about the identity of the next chairman of Russia's Central Bank, President Vladimir Putin promised an "unexpected" candidate who would be well received.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Eyes M&A Boom

Russian companies stand on the brink of a period of significant foreign mergers and acquisitions, PricewaterhouseCoopers said Wednesday.

Russian-Hong Kong Trade Booming

Hong Kong, which recently marked 15 years since its annexation with China, is seeing a boom in its economic relationship with Russia, officials said Tuesday.

Putin Allies Climb Up Forbes List

The personal fortunes of businessmen rumored to enjoy close relationships with President Vladimir Putin jumped sharply in a new Forbes ranking Monday as Facebook investor Alisher Usmanov retained the title of Russia's richest man.

Chita

If you bend down and look closely at the paving tiles on Chita's main square, you will notice that they have Mandarin lettering inscribed on them.

Borodin's Extradition Sought Despite Asylum

The Interior Ministry is undaunted by Britain's decision to grant asylum to the former head of Bank of Moscow.

Navalny Fraudulently Obtained Lawyer Credentials, Investigators Say

The Investigative Committee said Wednesday that anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny fraudulently obtained his credentials as a lawyer.

World Bank Says Economy Losing Momentum

The World Bank cut its 2013 growth forecast for the Russian economy to 3.3 percent Tuesday, citing deteriorating global conditions and stubbornly high inflation that is likely to dampen domestic consumer demand.

Depardieu 'Inspired' by Kadyrov's Leadership (Video)

French actor Gerard Depardieu said he was inspired by the leadership of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and accepted a five-room apartment from him during a visit to Grozny.

Moscow Exchange IPO Yields $500M

The Moscow Exchange began trading its own shares Friday, successfully concluding the largest initial public offering in Russia since the 2008 financial crisis.

Greek Privatization a Test Case for Russian Popularity

Natural gas assets being sold by crisis-ridden Greece are at the center of an escalating battle between Russian companies with ready cash and European officials reluctant to facilitate the growth of Moscow's influence in their backyard.

Volgograd to Be 'Stalingrad' on Military Holidays

The city of Volgograd will be temporarily renamed Stalingrad to commemorate the Soviet Union's victory in the bloody 1943 battle that broke the power of the Nazi invasion, thanks to a decision passed by the city administration.

Moscow Exchange Will Float Its Shares Exclusively on Itself

The Moscow Exchange announced Monday that it will shun the foreign stock markets traditionally tapped by Russian companies and go ahead with an initial public offering on its own Russian trading platforms.

Ulyukayev Considers $10Bln Quarterly Flight 'Acceptable'

A capital outflow of up to $10 billion every three months would be an acceptable level under current macroeconomic conditions, a leading figure at the Central Bank said.

Private Oil Firms Could Get Licenses for 20% of Shelf

Private oil and gas companies could receive licenses for up to 20 percent of Russia's continental shelf and join their state-owned counterparts already working in the environmentally sensitive area, a minister said.

Central Bank Puts Outflow at $56.8Bln

The Central Bank said net capital outflow in 2012 was $56.8 billion, a drop from 2011 but the fourth-highest annual figure since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Gazprom Facing Challenges at Home and Abroad

A landmark gas-supply agreement with Germany signed late last month by Norway's Statoil put the challenges facing Gazprom's business model in the spotlight and prompted a quick response from the Russian gas giant's executives.

Retaliatory Ban of U.S. Adoptions Proposed

State Duma deputies stepped up Russia's retaliatory response to the so-called Magnitsky Act on Monday by introducing a measure that would ban U.S. citizens from adopting Russian orphans.

Minister Seeks Exemption From EU Energy Package for South Stream

Gazprom's $12.7 billion South Stream gas pipeline should be exempted from the European Union's third energy package, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday.

EasyJet Sells Tickets for Moscow-Manchester Flights

British budget airline EasyJet on Wednesday started selling tickets for a Moscow-Manchester service to begin in March, as the no-frills carrier looks set to slash the cost of flying between Russia and Britain.
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