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Ukraine: Breadbasket Again?

19 March 2014
Ukraine's Agricultural Entrepreneurs Fight Red Tape, and War
Ukraine Farmers Struggle

Reaping Ukraine’s Agricultural Bounty Will Be Tough

Farming exports could offer some hope amid Ukraine’s troubles with Russia, but red tape and lack of foreign capital present obstacles. Avangardco's Oleg Bakhmatyuk believes deep foreign pockets are the answer.

Russian Tech Industry Provides and Oasis

23 February 2014
Young Russian tech companies offer something to get excited about in a stagnant economy. CEO Maelle Gavet, Illustration by Alexander Agius


FEB. 27, 2014


Investors see little reason to get excited about most Russian stocks these days. The dollar-denominated Russian Trading System index has fallen 14 percent over the past year, more than the 9 percent decline in emerging markets generally. The country’s economic growth slowed to 1.3 percent annually in 2013, according to the World Bank, down from 3.4 percent in 2012. Russia’s own Ministry of Economic Development slashed long-term growth projections last November, to an average 2.5 percent a year between now and 2030.