International sanctions may have contributed to a period of economic turmoil in Russia but some of the country's chief executives have told CNBC that they have thrived under the trade embargo.
Russia has been operating under international sanctions for over a year now since its annexation of Crimea last year and perceived role in the pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine.
While the ban has hit some Russian sectors hard, such as banks and energy companies, sanctions have also galvanized other companies to become more attractive to their home market, more competitive and more efficient in terms of infrastructure.
Vladimir Tikhomirov, chief economist at Russian financial services firm BCS Financial Group, told CNBC that some businesses were thriving from Russia's political and economic isolation.
"It is quite obvious that there are some companies that have benefited -- and are likely to benefit from continued sanctions -- and these are agricultural and food producers," he said.
"Russia gross domestic product (GDP) data after the sanctions were imposed showed that some sectors of the economy were posting significant increases in output, such as the dairy sector and meat production."