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The plight of the Russian entrepreneur

U.S. National Public Radio has a five minute segment today on the challenges Russian small businesses face in an environment that favours government-dependent organisations:

Not a lot of shockers in here, but just thought I’d draw attention to a couple of things the report highlights:

  • Getting a license to open a business should cost about $50 but can easily add up to tens of thousands of dollars due to bribes
  • Banks have to turn away potential borrowers because the banks lack the necessary expertise to evaluate the sustainability of a potential borrower’s revenue model.

How is this defensible?