SPEAR’S Russia Awards to Select Bankers for Millionaires


The best representatives of the private banking, wealth management and other similar industries will be announced during the SPEAR’S Russia Wealth Management Awards. The names of the winners will be officially made public on 4 December at the Mossovet Theatre in Moscow. The first Awards stage during which industry professionals cast their votes was completed on 14 November. The results will be verified by PwC – the SPEAR’s Russia Awards’ independent consultant – and then processed to generate short lists in each category. The final selection will be made by a judging panel headed up by the Editor-in-Chief of SPEAR’S Russia Andrei Vdovin. It is already known that in selecting the best of the best he will be joined by the Head of the WATCH Russia project Alexander Gafin, a senior partner at the GHP Group Mark Garber and the Executive Director of the Non-State Pension Fund Blagosostoyanie Yuri Novozhilov. All of the panel members and short lists will be announced by the Awards organisers on 24 November. The names of the winners will be made public only ten days after during the award ceremony, which will be traditionally hosted by Ivan Urgant. The event’s new slogan is Life is Rich. The slogan makes a reference to a simple thought that the life of key protagonists of this celebration is a complex blend of very different vocations and at times it is difficult to imagine that they could be grouped in one bundle: from creating new structured notes at noon to embarking on a journey around the world on the same night, and from a game of golf with a client to obtaining a ‘membership card’ granting access to the Vatican’s archives.

20.11.2014 Full Text

SPEAR’S Russia Awards Ceremony to Be Held on 4th December


The Organizing Committee of SPEAR’S Russia Wealth Management Awards 2014 is pleased to announce the start of the preparatory stage of the Awards. From 10 September until 2 October, all interested organizations and individuals will have an opportunity to nominate themselves or other organizations and individuals by filling out special applications, which will be available at the Awards website. The final list of nominations and nominees will be published on 14 October. From 16 October until 30 October, the Organizing Committee will be collecting votes of professionals from private banking, wealth management and related industries in order to determine the nominee short list. After the approval of PwC, the Independent Consultant of the Awards, the official short list will be announced. At the final stage, the Judging Panel of the Awards headed by SPEAR’S Russia Editor-in-Chief Andrei Vdovin will determine winners among short-listed candidates. The winners of SPEAR’S Russia Wealth Management Awards 2014 will be unveiled on 4 December at the Mossovet Theatre in Moscow. SPEAR’S Russia Wealth Management Awards – first annual award ceremony held to celebrate the achievements of professionals and firms from private banking, wealth management and related industries.

12.09.2014 Full Text

The Glenlivet Hunters’ Club opens in Moscow

Width418_ev_2014_06_26_1_3382The new Glenlivet Hunters’ Club was officially unveiled during a presentation that took place on 26 June at the “Russian Seasons” restaurant in Moscow. This new hunter’s club format will cater to men’s two greatest passions – hunting and delightful Scottish single malt whisky. Alexander Gafin - a well-known philanthropist, collector, a man of letters and head of the Executive Committee of the A.S. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Board of Directors became the club’s President. The launch of The Glenlivet Hunters’ Club will enable The Glenlivet brand to convey to the Russian public its history and values as well as explain the unique place that this whisky holds in Scotland – over two centuries ago the King of England George IV once and for all brought The Glenlivet and the world of hunting together having declared both the exclusive privilege of the king. The Glenlivet Hunters’ Club – is not just a place for true lovers of hunting and whisky connoisseurs – club membership offers a number of unique privileges such as the right to take part in private dinners at the club or presentations of weapons from the world’s best makers of fine arms. Members will also be able to take part in club shooting competitions, which will be launched around next spring and summer. Glenlivet Hunters’ Club’s partner – the Aresenal store offers personal privileged discounts for club members who wish to purchase their own hunting gear.

27.06.2014 Full Text

BRICS Business Magazine at the BRICS Summit

BRICS Business Magazine will be represented at the summit of the BRICS heads of state, which will be held in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza on July 15-16. A “Latin American edition” of the magazine is being prepared especially for the event. It will feature a discussion with President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, an interview with famous Peruvian writer and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, and other materials that focus on the region.

The new issue of the magazine will be distributed at major international economic forums in the summer and early fall of 2014.

BRICS Business Magazine caters to world opinion leaders, heads of corporations, investors, economists, and political scientists. The magazine is published in two language versions – English and Russian. Its content corresponds to the motto “Bridging Communities. Guiding Investors. Leading Nations.”

20.06.2014 Full Text

BOLSHOI Sport Surpasses One Million Readers

According to a study by TNS Russia, the semiannual readership of BOLSHOI Sport magazine has exceeded one million people, reaching 1,062,100 readers. This is a 10% growth over the previous reporting period. The same indicator also showed a positive trend in Moscow, demonstrating an increase of 8.6 percent (to 281,800 people).

The number of readers of one issue of BOLSHOI Sport for the period from December 2013 to April 2014 across the country increased by 8.7 percent, reaching 588,300 people.

The BOLSHOI Sport magazine has been published in Russia since late 2005. In the spring of 2013, Alexei Nemov was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the publication.

20.06.2014 Full Text

Alexander Gafin to Head Executive Committee of The Pushkin Museum Board of Trustees

Alexander Gafin, Editor-in-Chief of WATCH Russia became the Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees. “The Pushkin Museum in Moscow with its magnificent collections and unique science expert team is rightfully part of the world museum elite. Its authority is a product of decades under the leadership of outstanding fine art historian Irina Antonova. Throughout its history the museum had numerous legendary exhibitions and unique projects that contributed to the convergence of countries, peoples, and cultures, while paving the way for politicians and diplomats. Working on the Board of Trustees of the museum is a great honor and responsibility. My main long-term objective in this new role is to make sure that the best opportunities are available for further development of the museum, strengthening its position in the museum community and the cultural heritage of the world,” said Alexander Gafin upon his appointment. The Board is a collegial body of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts formed to support and develop the museum. It includes such well-known figures of Russian culture and business as Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, long-time head of The Pushkin Museum Irina Antonova, the current Director of the Museum Marina Loshak, General Manager of Channel One Konstantin Ernst, co-founder of the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation Irina Prokhorova, heads of Novatek, Rostelecom, Gazprombank, and Vnesheconombank.

20.06.2014 Full Text

Sochi-Moscow-Rio Gala Reception

Width418_img_1434Alexei Nemov, Editor-in-Chief of BOLSHOI Sport, four-time Olympic champion, and member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, once again invited his friends – famous Russian and international athletes, as well as members of the athletic, political, and business establishment – to a gala reception “Sochi-Moscow-Rio” held on May 20 at the Vetoshny Art Center. The event was a logical extension of the Friends of Big Sports reception, which Alexei Nemov and the BOLSHOI Sport magazine hosted last October, on the eve of the Sochi Olympic Games. The main idea behind “Sochi-Moscow-Rio” was to convey the mood of the Winter Olympic Games winners to those athletes going to the Summer Olympic Games, who have already begun preparing for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games to be held in 2016. Six months ago in October 2013, during the first event in the Friends of Big Sports series held on the eve of the Sochi Olympics, the hosts Alexei Nemov and Elena Hanga were wishing the Russian Olympians victory in Sochi. And Russia’s triumph at the Olympics surpassed all expectations: the 22nd Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were the most successful in Russia’s history. But now, it’s time to prepare for new challenges: the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be held in 2016, and preparations for them have already entered a climactic stage. The “Sochi-Moscow-Rio” event format became a symbolic metaphor for this new stage, when the BOLSHOI Sports honorary awards were handed to the winners of the Sochi Olympics by those athletes who will represent their country in Rio.

22.05.2014 Full Text