The chief executive of Russian bank Sberbank told CNBC that Russian President Vladimir Putin's promise to invest in Russia's growth and infrastructure was reassuring and timely.» Read More
Mark Haefele, global head of investment at UBS Wealth Management, tells CNBC that despite volatility, a bet that has worked very well is betting where you see that the central bank has got your back
Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of HIS, tells CNBC that there is no question that the US economy is recovering which can be seen most clearly through the resurgence in housing.
Bernard Sucher, member of the board at Aton, tells CNBC that there has been a long pause in any kind of meaningful structural reform in Russia.
Russia is steeply ramping up oil deliveries to China, with Asia now importing almost a fifth of oil exports from the world's largest crude producer.
Once infamous as a place of exile and no-return during the Tsarist and then Stalinist eras, Siberia is being touted as a beacon of light by the Russian government as it looks east, rather than west, for growth potential.
The prime real estate market in Russia's capital offers great returns - for those willing to take the risks, analysts say.
Bill Browder, chief executive and founder of Hermitage Capital Markets, told CNBC the Russian government is "apoplectic" over sanctions that he has campaigned for and if he gets assassinated, "everyone would know who did it."
Despite efforts by the Russian government to tackle corruption, concerns are mounting that a failure to stamp out the practice will continue to damage the country's international reputation and, ultimately, its economy.
As Russia's economic growth slows, analysts and business leaders have warned of deep and wide-reaching political consequences if the situation deteriorates further.
The BRIC economies, which have driven much of the global growth over the past decade, could be entering a middle-income trap, a shift which could have far reaching implications for the world.
Russia is set for 10 years of anemic growth, according to economists, who said the slowdown is predominantly due to low investment and structural factors.