Today in Russian Business – Oct 18, 2010

On plans to turn Russia into a ‘tourist paradise‘ by 2016: ‘We are going to do everything possible so that a foreign visitor feels comfortable in Russia.‘  eFinancial News writes on the uncertainty and anticipation surrounding the government’s privatization plans. Sergei Matyunin suggests that the Russian tax system sees large private companies as ‘its agents in tax collection‘.  ‘Highly reluctant‘ Sergei Sobyanin has reportedly been given the task of courting investors to attract more investment to Moscow.  The director of the Russian-British Chamber of Commerce on UK-Russia business relations: ‘The UK wants to create a knowledge-based economy; Russia wants more innovation. There’s a lot of interchange there.