Questions & Answers

Q&A: For McDonald's Khasbulatov, It's All About People

Q&A: For McDonald's Khasbulatov, It's All About People

Of all the places you might look for a person who once ran state-owned restaurants in the Soviet Union, the echelons of top executives at McDonalds might not be an obvious choice.

Q&A: Navalny's Fundraiser Sees the Power of the Crowd

Q&A: Navalny's Fundraiser Sees the Power of the Crowd

Many would consider the task of raising money from businessmen who have found wealth and success in modern Russia to bankroll the activities of Alexei Navalny, one of the country's foremost opposition leaders, a hopeless one.

Q&A: Canadian Pioneer Recalls Gorbachev-Era Euphoria

Q&A: Canadian Pioneer Recalls Gorbachev-Era Euphoria

Don't complain to Edward Belobaba that doing business here is difficult. He'll likely retort that you have no idea how easy it is compared with when he helped trail-blaze the path for Western investors into the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

Q&A: Danone's Filip Kegels Promotes Ambition and Fun

Q&A: Danone's Filip Kegels Promotes Ambition and Fun

Danone's dairy business in Russia surged on the back of a rivalry between the local office and the company's U.S. branch.

Q&A: Nordgold CEO Zelenski Prefers Business People to Molecules

Q&A: Nordgold CEO Zelenski Prefers Business People to Molecules

Balancing his animated style with a practical sense of calm is one of the things that make mining executive Nikolai Zelenski a success.

Q&A: What Trips to 50 Regions Taught a Mexican Banker

Q&A: What Trips to 50 Regions Taught a Mexican Banker

Bruno Balvanera, a Mexican banker who has been promoting investments in Russia for much of the past 16 years, is not afraid of paperwork.

Q&A: For Transaero's CEO, Success Is All in the Family

Q&A: For Transaero's CEO, Success Is All in the Family

Transaero CEO Olga Pleshakova, whose husband serves as chairman of the airline's board, says that having family members who work together helps maintain a friendly atmosphere in the workplace.

Q&A: Getting the Most Out of Oligarchs and the West

Q&A: Getting the Most Out of Oligarchs and the West

There are, perhaps, not many people who would give up a job and house in Puerto Rico and a 25-year career at a top international bank to plunge into the world of Russian finance.

Q&A: Railcar Boss Has No Fear of Flying or Foreigners

Q&A: Railcar Boss Has No Fear of Flying or Foreigners

Vladimir Lelekov was breaking a promise he made to the KGB in the mid-1980s. And it wasn't the first time.

Q&A: If Only the School Bullies Could See Lou Naumovski Now

Q&A: If Only the School Bullies Could See Lou Naumovski Now

Over a span of three decades, businessman Lou Naumovski has introduced Visa credit cards to Russia, dug for gold in Chukotka and even imported a record-setting 6 million doses of Canadian bull semen for Russian cows, among other achievements.

Q&A: HP's Mikoyan Sees Benefits of a Borderless World

Q&A: HP's Mikoyan Sees Benefits of a Borderless World

The local head of technology giant Hewlett-Packard easily bridges the generation gap between his venerable ancestors, who include powerful Soviet Politburo member Anastas Mikoyan, and the young generation that propels his business forward.

Q&A: Actress and Restaurateur Vysotskaya Has a Lot on Her Plate

Q&A: Actress and Restaurateur Vysotskaya Has a Lot on Her Plate

People eat out in Moscow because they like the crowd, the atmosphere, the reputation of the restaurateur almost anything but for the food. Coming from Yulia Vysotskaya, an actress and TV presenter who recently opened a restaurant, that claim could raise an eyebrow.

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