Questions & Answers

Q&A: Boeing Chief Rejects Cold War Mentality

Q&A: Boeing Chief Rejects Cold War Mentality

Becoming one of the many taxi drivers with a Ph.D. was not what Sergei Kravchenko wanted to do 20 years ago. Today he is in charge of Boeing's largest operation outside the United States.

Q&A: Success of 'Angry Birds' Hatched in Soviet Nest

Q&A: Success of 'Angry Birds' Hatched in Soviet Nest

Finding Peter Vesterbacka in a crowd isn't hard. It's not just that he's the one not wearing a suit anymore. His bright-red hooded sweatshirt is adorned with a stern-looking cartoon bird.

Q&A: Don't Call It a Collective Farm. It's Much Bigger

Q&A: Don't Call It a Collective Farm. It's Much Bigger

Don't tell Patrick Ghidirim that the more than 250,000 hectares of rich black earth that he manages in central Russia is a free-market version of a mega collective farm.

Q&A: From Printing Prohibited Books to Building Palaces

Q&A: From Printing Prohibited Books to Building Palaces

Brand recognition is everything in business, and the Googles, Coca-Colas and Apples of the world spend billions of dollars every year building loyalty.

Q&A: For Nikolai Fetisov, It's Always Been a Matter of Trust

Q&A: For Nikolai Fetisov, It's Always Been a Matter of Trust

The lobby of National Bank Trust's headquarters in downtown Moscow is your typical polished, corporate lobby with one exception: Hollywood actor Bruce Willis stands beside the front desk with crossed arms and a discerning expression on his face. No explosions this time: His life-size cardboard cutout would like to have a word with you about banking.

Q&A: Steering the 'Gazprom of the U.S.' in Russian Waters

Q&A: Steering the 'Gazprom of the U.S.' in Russian Waters

Few people would dare to reject advice from Jack Welch, the former GE chairman and CEO who is widely admired as one of the greatest business leaders of the past century.

Q&A: Zimin's Conversion to Capitalism Comes Full Circle

Q&A: Zimin's Conversion to Capitalism Comes Full Circle

At 78, Dmitry Zimin is not your typical businessman. His success in creating VimpelCom, and growing it into the country's first corporation to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, overshadows his own personal transformation.

Q&A: Success Is in the Details for PepsiCo Chief (and Putin)

Q&A: Success Is in the Details for PepsiCo Chief (and Putin)

Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, stood beside a table stocked with bottles bearing a colorful mix of brands that her company produces in Russia.

Q&A: Briton Navigates the Rough Without Paying Bribes

Q&A: Briton Navigates the Rough Without Paying Bribes

David Simons, a 45-year-old British entrepreneur and investor, beams as he beckons toward a wall of his Moscow office lined withgolf trophies and photographs, including one of him posing with golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.

Q&A: Experience, Energy and Instinct in Film and Games

Q&A: Experience, Energy and Instinct in Film and Games

Springing from her desk, Blanche Neumann, the petite managing director of Moscow-based Fetish Film, leaps forward from her desk and frenetically engages her team members, organizing their activities to achieve the immediate task.

Q&A: How Coca-Cola Chief Copes With Pressure

Q&A: How Coca-Cola Chief Copes With Pressure

The hectic pace of business in Moscow and day-to-day management stress is pressure enough, but when Coca-Cola announced earlier this week that it plans to pump an additional $3 billion into Russia, local head Zoran Vucinic was unfazed.

Q&A: Investing Millions of Dollars With Texan Sense

Q&A: Investing Millions of Dollars With Texan Sense

Texan entrepreneur and investor Christopher Van Riet sits down with The Moscow Times to reminisce about his 15 years in Russia and to share insights into why he has succeeded where other foreign investors have failed.

Opinion

Wrapping It Up: Russian Style

By Michele A. Berdy One ofthe tricky places inRussian is t

How Russia Helped NATO Rediscover Itself (Op-Ed)

By John Lough The Kremlin will be struggling to reconc