Russia’s visa relaxation shows focus on Far East investment

Authorities say the Vladivostok free trade zone has attracted several hundred companies and about US$6.1 billion in investment pledges By Inga Velanskaya Russia will expand its simplified visa regime to eight airports in the Far East region of the country by the end of this year, reflecting a drive by Moscow to further open up … Continue reading Russia’s visa relaxation shows focus on Far East investment

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Mexico-Russia Trade up 40%, Countries Seek to Expand Aviation Joint Ventures

Mexican company Interjet is seeking to establish an additional joint-venture with Russia's Superjet to produce spare parts for their aircraft Russian Industry and Trade Minister, Denis Manturov, says Moscow is ready to supply Mexico with passenger aircrafts with the next four years. Manturov, on Monday, during a speech at the Russia-Mexico Trade and Industry Dialogue in the Mexico City, disclosed … Continue reading Mexico-Russia Trade up 40%, Countries Seek to Expand Aviation Joint Ventures

Germany’s Delegation To Russia Signals That Merkel Is Looking For New Allies

BY GEORGE FRIEDMAN A delegation of executives from major German corporations recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such delegations are not unusual. Sometimes it is routine, sometimes a courtesy. But occasionally, it has significance. In the case of Russia-Germany relations, such meetings are always potentially significant. Germany’s Unsteady Relations Two relationships are critical to Germany. … Continue reading Germany’s Delegation To Russia Signals That Merkel Is Looking For New Allies

India Considers Its Own ‘Silk Road’, Invites Iran to Join In

India has pitched the idea of a transport corridor to Iran, Russia, the Caucasus region and Central Asia as an alternative to China’s “One Belt, One Road” project The proposed corridor, dubbed North-South, would stretch to Russia via Iran and connect the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean with the Caspian Sea, thus making the Islamic Republic a … Continue reading India Considers Its Own ‘Silk Road’, Invites Iran to Join In

De-Dollarization & Disintermediation – Russian Mobile Phone Operator Issues First Blockchain-Backed Bond

For months now Russia has been moving into the blockchain space in a serious way. I’ve talked about these moves in previous articles(here, here and yes, even here) But, the latest news is one that should have every one stand up and take notice. Russian Mobile phone operator, Megafon, issued RUB500 million in zero-coupon blockchain-based bonds recently. This was purely a … Continue reading De-Dollarization & Disintermediation – Russian Mobile Phone Operator Issues First Blockchain-Backed Bond