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Russia Needs To Do The Heavy Lifting To Become An Export Nation

Moscow's goal be an exporter of manufactured goods must be done in the face of major political and financial uncertainties.

A Russian ship carrying used cars docks in Japan
A Russian ship carrying used cars docks in Japan
Aleksandra Romanyicheva

MOSCOW — The government has stated on many occasions that manufactured exports, instead of raw materials, should be the engine of economic growth for Russia. But making the leap onto the market for exporting goods is a major challenge.

"One of the most formidable barriers for potential exporters is the colossal amount of work required to secure credit," says Rodion Surkov, whose company Ruselprom is a leading producer of electrical equipment in Russia.

Commercial financial institutions are not prepared to take on the risks associated with supporting exports, citing financial and political unknowns, management difficulties and low profit margins. It doesn’t help that many of Russia’s traditional export markets are in the relatively unstable countries of the Middle East and Latin America.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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