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Articles by Ben Aris
Russian Baring Vostok Executives Could Face Years in Detention
Ivan Zyuzin, Vagan Abgaryan and Maxim Vladimirov face a full year in jail before the case even has a chance of going to trial.
There’s a New Way to Buy Booming Russian Stocks – ETFs
Exchange-traded funds make buying exotic stocks like Russian shares easy and cheap.
Ozon Battling It Out for E-Commerce Supremacy in Russia
The race is on to capture as many loyal customers as possible.
Where is Russia’s Stock Market Headed This Year?
The outlook is hazy and investors are looking at a few names rather than the market as a whole.
Putin Is a Victim of His Own Success
Russians have experienced a degree of economic and personal stability, and now they want more.
Boycotting the St. Petersburg Economic Forum Won’t Free Calvey
One month after Michael Calvey’s dramatic arrest, his future remains uncertain.
Harshest Sanctions Yet Won’t Force Moscow to Change Its Way
U.S. threatens new round of sanctions but Russia is ready.
U.S. Investor Calvey's Arrest Just Another Brick in the Wall
The Calvey affair will give Russia’s image yet another bloody nose, but its nose was already bleeding.
Sleeves Up at This Year’s Gaidar Forum
Russia’s banks and companies are back in profit, but the population are miserable and feel poor.
Even the Specter of Sanctions Is Hurting Russia (Op-ed)
Sometimes just the promise of sanctions is as damaging as the real thing.
Remembering Russia’s 1998 Financial Crisis (Op-ed)
The whole economy fell to pieces all at once.
Russia's Ruble Is Sliding, Pulled Down by the Collapse of the Turkish Lira
The threat of U.S. sanctions is also causing the ruble to spiral.
Russia's World Cup Will Pay Off. Just Not Today (Op-ed)
A ruble for every kopeck?
What to Expect From the St. Petersburg Economic Forum (Op-ed)
The dominant theme at SPIEF will be 'keep doing what you're doing, just do it better.'
Russia’s Economic Recovery Remains a Challenge
Putin’s choice of economic model in 2018 will set Russia’s course for the next decade
Russia Inc Goes Into Profit as the Budget Breakeven Price for Oil Falls to $53
The budget’s breakeven price of oil has always been a good benchmark for where the Russian government is at
How Russia's Bank Clean-Up Got Hijacked and Landed a Senator in Jail
The cleanup of Russia’s banking sector is proving dangerous for some owners
Russia's Banking Sector Is on the Mend After a Catastrophic Summer
The banking sector is starting to recover and back in overall profit – just
Russia’s Import Substitution Has Not Been a Great Success
One of the only industries in which the import substitution has worked is cheese production
Russia Debates how to Regulate Bitcoins
What is missing is the regulation to protect investors from fraud
Former Russian Finance Minister Slams Military Spending
Russia's excessive military spending has left the fields of infrastructure, health, science and education largely underdeveloped.
Russia's Blockchain Revolution
Russia has gone a bit blockchain bonkers.
Bankruptcies on the Rise in Russia
Russian companies are still feeling shockwaves from the 2008 financial crisis and shrinking government budgets
Russian Gas Deliveries to Turkey Soar in September
Putin’s ultimate goal seems to be to win over Turkey from the West's sphere of influence
Oil Prices Rise to Highest Level in Two Years
The jump in oil prices will come as a blessing for Russia
Specter of Money Haunts Ukraine's Turmoil
Russia is not the villain here. The crisis is rooted in money, and Yanukovych's efforts to stave off Ukraine's bankruptcy forced him into Putin's...
Diki Kapitalism: Economists Criticize Unexpected Interest-Rate Hike
The Central Bank unexpected hiked overnight interest rates by 0.25 percent to 8.25 percent to head off rising inflation, in a move that economists...
Diki Kapitalism: Is the Sentiment Pendulum Swinging Back in Russia's Direction?
Last week, fund manager megastar Jim Rogers said he might start investing in Russia, and Russia has attracted more portfolio investment than any other...
Why Is WTO Accession Important?
It's done. After an 18-year humiliating wait in the anteroom, Russia finally ratified the WTO protocol on Tuesday, June 10, and is now a fully paid-up...
Russian Economy Showing Signs of Overheating
Kolya is back in Moscow to interview for jobs. A Russian national, he has just graduated from Liverpool University, where he majored in business but has...
When Global Oil Giants Dance With the Kremlin
BP's hopes to partner with Rosneft in exploring the Arctic and producing lots of oil for decades to come were dashed this week after the Russian...
Disabled in Moscow: A 15-Year Reunion
About 15 years ago, I attended a little party in a hospital in the south of Moscow. This was not any ordinary ward. It was dedicated to caring for children...
The Reckless Road to Waste
RIA-Novosti ran a comparison of how much it costs to build a road in Moscow, the rest of Russia, the European Union, the United States and China. The differences...