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May 22, 2014

Russian vanity projects lose luster

SKOLKOVO, Russia (Reuters) – Students at Moscow’s new science-focused university crowded into a lecture theatre outside the capital earlier this month to hear Canadian-born Nobel prizewinning molecular biologist Sidney Altman speak.

The students at Skoltech are yet to have their own campus because it is still under construction, so the lecture was held at the Moscow School of Management, a long dreary journey from Moscow city centre by metro and then bus up a traffic-clogged road.

May 14, 2014

Renault-Nissan’s Russian resilience has limits

PARIS/MOSCOW, May 14 (Reuters) – Renault is
looking closely at Western sanctions on Russia even though its
carmaking alliance with Nissan appears better
positioned than others to ride out the crisis over Ukraine.

The European Union and the United States have already
imposed economic sanctions on Russia, including some against the
deputy chairman of OAO AvtoVAZ, a Russian carmaker in
which Renault-Nissan has a controlling majority.

May 13, 2014

Western corporate bosses pull out of Russian economic forum

MOSCOW/LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Around a dozen chief
executives and chairmen of major U.S. and European corporations
have withdrawn from an economic conference in Russia as pressure
between Moscow and the West grows over the crisis in Ukraine.

Eleven business leaders who were listed in late March as
scheduled to attend the May 22-24 St. Petersburg International
Economic Forum are no longer on the forum’s website.

May 13, 2014

Western bosses withdraw from Russian economic conference

MOSCOW/LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Around a dozen chief
executives and chairmen of major U.S. and European corporations
have pulled out of an economic conference in St Petersburg as
pressure between Russia and the West grows over the crisis in

Eleven business leaders who were listed in late March as
scheduled to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic
Forum from May 22-24 are no longer on the programme on the
forum’s website.

Apr 28, 2014

Sanctioned Chemezov runs conglomerate with many foreign partners

MOSCOW, April 28 (Reuters) – Sergei Chemezov, who worked in
the old communist East Germany at the same time as President
Vladimir Putin, sits atop sprawling conglomerate Rostec, which
has stakes in some of Russia’s largest industries and
partnerships with foreign companies.

Encompassing weapons, cars and metals, Rostec was created in
2007 by Putin from assets of arms exporter Rosoboronexport to
boost the non-resources sectors of Russia’s economy. Chemezov
had run Rosoboronexport, which is now 100 percent owned by

Apr 4, 2014

Renault-Nissan sees bright future in Russia as it relaunches Datsun

MOSCOW, April 4 (Reuters) – The head of the Renault-Nissan
alliance said on Friday he sees great potential in Russia
despite a slowdown in car sales and is unperturbed by the
geopolitical situation, seeming to shrug off Moscow’s standoff
with the West over Ukraine.

Carlos Ghosn, who heads both Nissan Motor Co and
Renault as chief executive, was in Moscow to unveil
the resurrected Datsun model for the Russian market.

Apr 4, 2014

Russia’s card plan seen unlikely to replicate China’s UnionPay

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s push to develop a domestic payment system to reduce its reliance on the West may overcome the country’s strong cash culture, but is likely to stumble on the international stage.

Prompted by the suspension of Visa and Mastercard services to Bank Rossiya because of Western sanctions over Crimea, Russian officials have revived attempts to create a national payment system.

Apr 3, 2014

JP Morgan to process payment for Russian embassy, easing tension

MOSCOW (Reuters) – JP Morgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is processing a payment from Russia’s embassy in Kazakhstan to insurance agency Sogaz, easing tension after Moscow accused the U.S. bank of illegally blocking the transaction under the pretext of sanctions.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday the “unacceptable, illegal and absurd” act of blocking the payment would have consequences for the U.S. Embassy in Russia.

Apr 2, 2014

West’s targeted Russian sanctions ensnare investors

WARSAW/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Elektrobudowa, a Polish firm that builds power plants, is interested in buying its partner out of a Russian company they jointly own, but there is a problem: the partner firm is owned by a pro-Moscow Crimean politician on the EU’s sanctions list.

To buy out the partner would mean Elektrobudowa transferring cash or assets to the owners and that, say lawyers who specialize in sanctions law, could be interpreted as a violation of the EU measures.

Apr 1, 2014

Russia says JP Morgan ‘illegally’ blocked embassy money transfer

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused U.S. bank JP Morgan (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday of “illegally” blocking a payment from one of its embassies to an insurance agency “under the pretext of anti-Russian sanctions”.

In a statement on its website, the Russian Foreign Ministry suggested the action, which it called “unacceptable, illegal and absurd”, would have consequences for the U.S. embassy and consulate in Russia.