Daniil Nametkin Department for Expert Analytics
Foreign speculators that have been propping up the value of the ruble since last summer may get out of the game as soon as the second half of this year, Analytical Center experts are warning. They are talking about speculative carry-trades, in which money is borrowed in foreign markets at a low interest rate and then invested in ruble financial instruments that offer high fixed rates.
Dmitry Chernenko Department for State-Run Programs and Budgeting
According to Russian Railways, the past 5 years have seen the amount of cargo shipped by rail in containers in Russia go up by 28 %. "The Russian container shipping market demonstrated record growth in 2016. A total of 3.26 million containers were shipped, which was 10 % more than the year before. There was also a significant increase in the amount of containers shipped by rail: 13 % on the 2015 level; however, the speed of the traditional container trains and those whose speed was increased in the same period remained largely at the same level," Analytical Center expert Dmitry Chernenok commented on the situation for the Russian Railways Partner magazine.
Evgeny Gasho Department for Expert Analytics
Losses in heat networks and the systemic underfunding of the sector — the expert of the Analytical Center Evgeny Gasho spoke about the challenges the energy sector faces and whether it is possible to solve them during the summer preventive cutoffs in his interview to RIA Novosti.
Leonid Grigoriev Chief Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center
The make-up of consumer spending on services changes significantly depending on a person's income; that's the conclusion drawn by Analytical Center experts. "At the same time, the share of paid services in total consumer spending in Russia is less than in the developed nations and in a number of emerging economies," Leonid Grigoriev, an adviser to the Head of the Analytical Center, told an Nezavisimaya Gazeta correspondent.
Tatiana Radchenko Deputy Head
"For three years in a row we have been seeing declining estimates of the level of competition, first of all, among small businesses operating in the local markets: the share of respondents saying there is a high or a very high level of competition keeps going down (from 53 % in 2015 to 48 % in 2017), as does the share of those that say the number of their competitors has increased (49 % in 2017 vs 58 % in 2015)," Tatiana Radchenko, Deputy Head of the Analytical Center, said in an interview to a Kommersant correspondent.
Dmitry Khomchenko Department for Sectors of Economy
“Any audit or inspection means a lot of stress for managers of any legal entity. And when audits are reduced to a minimum, this works as an effective incentive to improve the performance and, at the very least, results in the demands of people who benefit from the services provided by facility management companies being satisfied”, said expert with the Analytical Centre Dmitry Khomchenko in his interview to TASS.
Svyatoslav Pikh Department for Fuel and Energy Sector
It is not just professionals that know about the shale revolution: anyone who's even remotely involved with mineral resources will have at least heard of it, and even people that have nothing to do with oil and natural gas production are often aware of it. The Analytical Center expert Svyatoslav Pikh has published an article in the Fuel and Energy Sector of Russia Magazine, in which he analyzes the shale revolution phenomenon in the US, which brought about major changes in the global economy and in the global energy sector.
Alexander Golyashev Department for Expert Analytics
In 2016, almost RUB 8.4 trillion worth of paid services were provided to the public in Russia. And this amount remained practically unchanged in 2015-2016 despite the fact that the real household income declined in the same period. However, Russians are not spending on paid services more either. The second half of 2016 saw some barely detectable signs that demand was recovering but this was followed by a new slump in demand in Q1, 2017. Thus, Russians kept going on vacations, but they began foregoing the services of tour operators. The amount of tour operator services provided to the public in 2016 was 16.6 % less than in 2013, Analytical Center experts note in their bulletin on the Public Demand for Paid Services.
Alexander Amiragyan Department for Fuel and Energy Sector
Sales to Europe remain consistent and yet cooperation with the West still entails risks. For that reason, North Stream-2 and the Turkish Stream pipeline projects will allow Russia not only to expand exports but also reduce the risk associating with having to move natural gas across Eastern Europe while expanding direct sales, notes the Energy Bulletin of the Analytical Center.
Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector