Abstract: The Development of Business Styles in Post-Soviet Russia and Belarus

Mary A. Kizima and Sergey A. Kizima


In this essay, we analyze trends, habits, foreign influences, and rules that governed the development of business styles in post-Soviet Russia and Belarus. Different rates of privatization, attitudes toward a market economy, social stereotypes, and the role of moral values created very diverse markets from the economies that evolved from the time of the Soviet Union. We pay special attention to "blat," the many-sided phenomenon that serves numerous social and market functions.

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