Breakfast Briefing - Operating in Russia: High Risks with Little Return?

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The diplomatic relationship between Russia and the West has been difficult for some years and was particularly exacerbated in 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military intervention in eastern Ukraine. Rounds of western sanctions, Russian counter-sanctions and the threat of additional sanctions from the US have all caused foreign investors considerable unease. The detention of high-profile American businessman Michael Calvey earlier this year sent a strongly negative signal to foreign investors.

Despite the imposition of sanctions regimes, Russia remains an attractive option for those companies prepared to tolerate risk, outweighed by the possibility of significant gains. President Vladimir Putin has frequently maintained that he would like to raise Russia’s ‘Doing Business’ rankings and improve the investment climate. However, legislative actions he has taken, as well as other informal barriers, has made Russia seem at times a hostile environment for foreign businesses.

In this briefing, Emily will discuss the security, political and practical risks for foreign companies operating in Russia and give an assessment of likely changes in the years ahead.

Speaker Biography

Emily Ferris is a Research Fellow in the International Security Studies department at RUSI, specialising in Russia and Eurasia’s foreign policy. She is particularly interested in Russian organised crime, Russia’s foreign policy towards the West and the Far East, as well as the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Emily also researches political and security processes in Moldova and Belarus.

Before joining RUSI in 2018, Emily worked at Control Risks - a London consultancy firm - as a Russian security and politics analyst, advising clients conducting business in Russia and other Eastern European countries. She has worked and travelled extensively across Russia.

She holds a BA in Russian from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Organised Crime and Terrorism from University College London, where she specialised in Russian organised crime. Emily speaks Russian and Hebrew and has a good working knowledge of German.

These briefings are open to Major Corporate Level Members and above.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 0800.

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