The current investment climate in Russia may be assessed as "good" according to the fifth-mark scale, which cannot be left unnoticed by the U.S. investors. Such an assessment of the current dynamics of the Russian investment market was given by Alexander Braverman, first deputy minister of property relations, who took part in the Fifth Annual Russian Investment Symposium in Boston (Massachusetts). "I've been at such a symposium for the fourth time and must admit that its participants react to the changes in the Russian political, social and economic spheres very sensitively," he said. "In the course of this meeting very specific directions are being discussed - taxation and investment in regions." According to the deputy minister, as a result of the meetings between representatives of local authorities in Russia and their American partners practical issues are being solved. The other no less important point, according to the Russian expert, is the growth in the share of small and medium-sized businesses in the volume of investments in Russia. Along with their financial participation "the mentality of civilised entrepreneurship and its standards come to Russia," the economist believes.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign