Russia: Resources

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gE Module: Doing Business in Russia

Doing Business in Russia offers a general overview of the conditions for doing business in Russia today. It includes sections covering Russian social and business cultures, marketing distribution and sales channels in Russia, and supply chain management, as well as information on the costs of doing business in Russia and issues currently facing the country. This module also includes a case study on Russia’s Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure.

globalEDGE Business Review: Job Satisfaction - A Comparative Analysis

Executive Briefing: The objective here is to report job satisfaction results from an employee survey conducted between 2005 and 2007 in four formerly socialist economies: Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, with a focus on gender and generational differences in response patterns. Personal contacts, the currency used to achieve objectives in formerly socialist economies, dictated the survey locations. Foreign scholars, part of a mentoring program that involved training in survey research, became the local project coordinators; so by default, the project locations included: Ufa, Russia; Yerevan, Armenia; Almaty and Taldyquorgan, Kazakhstan; and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. While a single location cannot possibly capture the population or workforce diversity in the country, for convenience, I refer to country name when discussing results. Opens as PDF.

globalEDGE Business Review: The BRIC Countries

Executive Briefing: Brazil, Russia, India, and China form the so-called BRIC countries. This article summarizes the basics of the BRIC countries, including: the impact on the BRIC’s by the world economy, organizing by the BRIC countries, economic and population changes in the BRIC countries, key strengths and weaknesses of the BRIC countries, and key issues for countries and firms to consider when doing business with the BRIC countries. Opens in PDF.

Government Resources
Main Government Page government.ru
Statistics Office gks.ru
Central Banks cbr.ru
Stock Exchanges moex.com
Commerce Ministry economy.gov.ru

Company Directories

Russia: Rusmarket Business Directory

Rusmarket provides company directories for various sectors of business in Russia including entertainment, food and related products, household appliances, real estate, transportation, and clothing.

Trade Shows

Russia: Expocentre - International Exhibitions and Conventions

The Expocentre is one of the largest exposition centers in Russia, providing exhibition services in Russia and Eastern Europe. The site provides a calendar of events, news, a list of exhibitions, congress events, and shows and concerts. A number of services are provided for visitors and participants.

News Sites

Russia Briefing

Russia Briefing is a monthly magazine and daily news service about doing business in Russia. It covers topics relating to the Russian economy, industry-specific markets in Russia, foreign direct investment, and Russian legal and tax codes. The reports are written in-house by foreign investment professionals at Dezan Shira & Associates. All published materials are in English and are available for purchase on the site.

Russia: Sputnik International

The business page of Sputnik International provides business articles related to Russia and current events in the global economy. The site also provides specific news content related to various regions around the world. Users can also access radio broadcasts that discuss Russia-specific events and recent global events.

Regulatory Agency Sites

Russia: Ministry of Agriculture

Available in Russian only, this website for the Russian Ministry of Agriculture has contact information, policies, and news for the Russian Agriculture industry.

Russia: Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation implements licenses to producers involved in information technology, telecommunications, publishing or electronic media. The ministry also serves as the postal administration of the Russian Federation. The ministry works to protect media users and ensure a competitive field by developing efficient technology.

Russia: Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation is the federal executive body responsible for developing state policy and providing regulation with regard to medium-sized and small businesses and foreign economic activity. All of the relevant documentation for this is found on the site. It is easier to go to the "activity" link to sort the information by "sections." 

Russian Federal Space Agency

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is responsible for the administration of state space assets, as well as management of the international cooperation in joint space projects and programs, and the activities of rocket and space industry entities relating to military space technologies. The Federal Space Agency is also responsible for overall coordination of the activities at the Baikonur space port.

Other Resources

Alliance Media

Alliance Media is a Russian business portal with information, articles, and resources designed to support Russian entrepreneurs and business opportunities. Articles are provided on a variety of major categories including finance, industry, and business in Russia. Information on taxes and investment in Russia is also provided. This site is only available in Russian.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (RF CCI)

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (RF CCI) represents the interests of Russian entrepreneurs and enterprises in relation to government bodies and their commercial activity at home and abroad. The site provides information such as investment facts and the government contacts for doing business in Russia.

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment: Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP)

The Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) project, a collaborative effort led by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, ranks multinational enterprises in emerging markets according to the level of foreign assets held. The project also works to strengthen international investment by providing educational services, policy analysis, as well as tools and resources through extensive research. Reports are listed by country and can be downloaded in PDF.

gE Module: Doing Business in Russia

Doing Business in Russia offers a general overview of the conditions for doing business in Russia today. It includes sections covering Russian social and business cultures, marketing distribution and sales channels in Russia, and supply chain management, as well as information on the costs of doing business in Russia and issues currently facing the country. This module also includes a case study on Russia’s Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure.

Norway & Russia: Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce (NRCC)

The Norwegian-Russian Chamber of Commerce (NRCC) is a non-profit organization with goals to stimulate and promote business relations between companies in Russia and Norway. The NRCC helps enhance the understanding of Norway and Russia's business culture while also promoting market developments. The site provides publications regarding the two countries and also a future events page. Market information pertaining to Russia and Norway can also be found on the site.

Russia Competitiveness Report

The 2011 Russia Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum, provides a comprehensive overview of the country’s current competitiveness landscape, highlighting strengths and problematic areas. The publication explores issues such as infrastructure, public institutions, environmental sustainability, business sophistication, foreign direct investment, and innovations in the business sector.

Russia: Embassy of the Russian Federation

This is the website of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington DC, United States. The site provides comprehensive information on Russian-American relations, travel between the countries, and other responsibilities of the embassy.

Russia: OpenRussia

Russian business directory, OpenRussia, includes buying and selling offers from Russian companies as well as information relating to customs clearance and the documents required for foreign trade activities. Business news and upcoming events are also listed on the site. The site is only available in Russian.

Russia: RusBusinessNews

RusBusinessNews was created to be an information resource promoting Russian regions with high industry potential that are attractive for international partners. The site has information on investment projects, profiles for each of the participating regions, contact information for trade commissions, and the latest business news.

thinkRUSSIA

thinkRUSSIA is an online platform that provides news related to Russia's global outlook, economy, business sectors, policy initiatives, and culture. Contributors are government and business leaders who provide expert insight into Russia’s investment climate and involvement in the global economy.

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