Articles by Ben Hooson



How to Harmonize With Customs

Foreign buyers in Moscow's art and antiques salons need to think ahead or risk unpleasant surprises at the airport.

Avoid Being a Cowboy Lone Trader

Foreigners who are based in Moscow and working for themselves are free to set up a business here.

Smart Dollars Leave Russia in Wallets

A new version of the law on currency regulation and control, now going through the State Duma, should abolish all limits on personal wire and bank transfers in 2004 or 2005.

Customs Can't Touch Your $10,000

This year Russians and foreigners can go abroad with more foreign currency cash than fits comfortably in the average wallet, and no risk of confiscation at customs.

Kristall Tries to Make the Future Shine

The slick yellow and white Kristall plant stands out like a gem among the decaying factories in the outskirts of the sprawling western city of Smolensk.

Crime Keeps Out Smolensk Investors

Plagued by crime and corruption, the Smolensk region has failed to draw any serious foreign investment.

Englishman Brings China to Russia

If you turn over one of the imitation china antiques at a tourist stall on the Old Arbat, chances are you will find the trademark of the Gardner Factory at Verbilki.

Englishman Brings China to Russia

If you turn over one of the imitation china antiques at a tourist stall on the Old Arbat, chances are you will find the trademark of the Gardner Factory at Verbilki.

London Taxis Hit Moscow Streets

Where can you find the world’s largest fleet of London taxicabs outside Britain? How about Moscow?

Totally New Tax System

Every summer for three years, the government has fought parliament over new tax laws. This time it won.

Optimistic Gref Predicts 5.5% Growth

Invisible Tree Shelters British Lifer

Furniture Boss Gets By, With Just a Little Help

VVTs Officials Lash Out at City Owners

Bank Gets Right to Give Out Credits

Eastern European Banks Eye Moscow

Blue Chips Open MICEX Equities

Fund Offers Small Businesses $87.7 Million in Financing

Tax Take Down As Banks Buy T-Bills

Watchdog Targets Unlicensed Investing

Luzhkov Bids to Take Over Former VDNKh Grounds

Taxes Weigh Down Air Carrier

Mill Protests Debt With Shutdown

Central Bank Attacks FSC Chairman

Loan Dispute Pits Rifle Dealer, Bank

German Herlitz to Sell Stake in Volga Paper

Analysts See Insider Link to Debt Bill

Moscow Trading Floor to Open Soon

Apathy Economy Shows

Bank Austria Going Russian