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Ruskie: Beers, Bears & Babushkas captures a slice of Russian life; people - and businesses - as they really are. Do they all drink vodka like there's no tomorrow? Do all the women prove their love by cutting off their fingers? Do Moscow businessmen have their rivals shot? Not all of them, but Matthew managed to find those who do - with terrifying consequences. Faster than a Russian woman in pursuit of a designer handbag, scarier than an angry babushka, and hotter than, well, watching a famous Russian tennis player in her underwear . . . Entrepreneur Matthew Francis arrives in Russia with the intent of setting up a 'Western Style' consultancy in order to help Russian companies expand successfully into Europe. Follow Matthew's ups and downs in this tale of the real Russia - the Russia you never read about in the press!

Matthew Francis has spent the last ten years working with global organisations, some of which have been in remote and sometimes hostile locations. The majority of experience he has gained has been in Russia & The Commonwealth of Independent States. This included five years running his own communications practice in Moscow between 2002 and 2007. Primarily Matthew was advising Russian organisations on their overseas development strategies but his links into overseas Embassies, Networking Organisations and Business Schools, meant that many Western brands were drawing on his skills and experience to advise them on their Russian entry strategy. Matthew draws on a wealth of experience having lived and worked in Russia as well as advising Russian companies from the UK. He is a recognised expert on Russian Business & Cultural Affairs as well as the current Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations's International Group in London. He has an MBA from Cass Business School and sits as a Borough Councillor in Rugby, Warwickshire where he now lives.

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  • PDF | 268 pages
  • Matthew Francis(Author)
  • AuthorHouse Publishing (24 Jun. 2011)
  • English
  • 2
  • Travel & Holiday

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  • By Mr. P. Cook on 18 July 2009

    Matthew Francis has captured the essence of business and life in Russia in this book which is both enjoyable and a goldmine of intelligence for anyone who wants to live and work in Russia.As someone who spent 4 days on the Trans Siberian Express, many of the stories brought back great memories of the idiosyncracies of living and working in Russia.The book is relevant to people living or working in Russia and just as valuable for Russians living and working elsewhere. I think that President's Obama and Medvedev ought to consider it essential reading to help their respective super powers find better ways to work with one another.Although many things have changed in Russia over the last 20 years, fans of James Bond will find some great reflections of that classic period in our history suitably modernised. Baboushka takes on a new meaning for me - previously I had it etched on my mind as the wonderful song by Kate Bush. Matthew has successfully refreshed my understanding of the role of stoic women in Russian society."Peace, Land and Bread"Peter CookAuthor 'Sex, Leadership and Rock'n'Roll - Leadership Lessons from the Academy of Rock'

  • By R. Roberts on 2 June 2009

    A Russian friend put me onto this book - and what a find!Hilarious fun from cover to cover, written in a style reminiscent of the late, great Douglas Adams.Francis takes through the highs and lows of an Englishman doing business in Russia...Thoroughly recommended!

  • By O. Francis on 3 July 2009

    This book really is a hilarious look at life in Russia from the perspective of a foreigner. Not only is it accurate but really amusing, from my perspective as a Russian, to see how foreigners manage to survive and prosper in Russia. A great read and highly recommended.


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