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Introduction: Russian multinationals – where are they from?

This book is about the emergence of Russian multinational companies. These are firms that have shown the ability and the ambition to play a role on the global scene. Most of them have done so with dispatch and now enjoy international recognition and ranking among their kind. Proof of their multinational status can be found in the significant scope of their operations, their employment of large multinational work forces, their big-league profits and their globalised custom on world-wide markets. Some of them are relatively mature and can be compared with the multinational enterprises (MNEs hereafter) from developed economies; others are of lesser size, younger and have only recently started to internationalise.