Articles by Fred Harrison



A Tolstoyan Land Code

An Unknown Prime Minister May Be Costly for Everyone

Coup? Not According to Ruble

Don't Judge a Business By Its Horizontal Ways

Exports and the Ruble: A Catch-22 Situation

Russian Economics 101: Business Is Still Business

Russia Still Lacks Safe Havens

There's Little Euphoria Anywhere Else Either

That BMW May Not Be A Mafia Cruiser After All

Questions of Stability

Dental practice Shows Barriers to Privatization

Inflation Is Really 14, 000%

New Regulations Eyed for Foreign Bank Capital

Czechs Offer Model for Divorce

The Dollar Economy's Damage

Political Giants Head For a Ruble Rumble

Despite Appearances, Vouchers Are a Profitable Gamble

City rents squeeze business

The carpetbaggers: Their time is ending

Commodity exchanges: Going, going, gone?

More rapidly than might be imagined from the headlines or projected from the economic data, Russia is surging past the bizarre-bazaar stage of postcommunist development towards more stable forms of capitalism. It can be seen in the streets where, in recent months, the kiosk chaos has started to acquire some order, as ""ma-and-pa"" shops give way to expanding retail organizations. The jumble-store inventory hasn't changed much yet. But that depends on supply lines and wholesale sector development. That too appears set for major growth. Paradoxically, this can be detected from the sudden and dramatic decline of Russian capitalism's most successful institutions thus far, the commodity exchanges. Trading volumes have been declining all year, since January's price reform. In a word, they are dying.

Evolution or revolution: For economy, both may come

Hot-again, cold-again business

Luckily, it's that time of year again

Lessons from the 60% tax scare: Stop listening to Gaidar

Long haul: No risk, no return

Monetary policy: change of course?

For officials, it's survival of the fittest

Under fire, Central Bank chief quits

Ruble crunch hits abroad

Energy anarchy