Option a la Rosneft: Beijing’s geoeconomic play for Russian oil

By Max Hess The Chinese government effectively has an option to buy a 14.16 per cent stake in Rosneft for US$9.1bln. This follows reports on 2 March that its state-owned portfolio and investment agency Guosheng Group took control of CEFC China Energy on 16 February. Guosheng’s assumption of control was precipitated by a flurry of claims that the ostensibly private Chinese oil firm’s founder and CEO … Continue reading Option a la Rosneft: Beijing’s geoeconomic play for Russian oil

Who run the world? Not женщины, yet

By Kasey Stricklin While parity is still elusive, the gender pay gap in Russia has significantly decreased over the last decade. The gap in what women make relative to men currently stands at about 22-27 percent, compared to almost 40 percent in 2005. In 2016, Russia ranked 75th out of 144 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, which looks at the distance … Continue reading Who run the world? Not женщины, yet

Art of the Headline: Kommersant’s wordplay masters

By Aaron Schwartzbaum  You may have noticed that here at Bear Market Brief, we’re quite enthusiastic about wordplay and puns in our article titles and newsletter subject lines. In the United States, where we’re based, that sort of style is common to tabloids, but in Russia, sarcasm and biting wit can be found on top of and within articles of the country’s most serious publications. … Continue reading Art of the Headline: Kommersant’s wordplay masters