Russian group 6. The crisis in February 2010

Hello guys!

I’m Arina from Russia and 19 ys old. Three years ago i left my home Sakhalin Island (interesting, that even in Russia some people still think it’s a town)lol))  for studing in Khabarovsk. I adore dancing, stage, intertaning, hand-making and everything interesting and creative. It’s absolutely genius idea of cultural exchanging like this. I think it will help me to destroy any cultural steriotipe that I have in my mind. I’d like to learn more about Swedish guys and American culture.

Hello! My name is Makarova Anna. I study marketing and I really enjoy my future profession. To develop my professional skills I am working in marketing agency. Besides I am fond of traveling and watching good films of high quality.
I think it’s great to communicate with foreign students. And I am glad that we will develop the real business cases. hope we will have interesting discussion.

Hey guys!

My name is Nastya, I’m 19 years old. I have been living in Khabarovsk for 7 years and study at the Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Laws. My major is also international marketing. I’m probably the laziest student in my group, I always want to sleep  during class)))

What else….I keen on dancing, especially hip-hop and dancehall. I love to meet and communicate with new people, so I am glad  to get this opportunity to talk to you guys)))

Hope to hear from u soon!!!

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7 Responses to Russian group 6. The crisis in February 2010

  1. ccrkhab says:

    The crisis in February 2010. Comments on IKEA case for Edvall, Lisa, Nauclér, Mariah Elisabet, Nilzon, Joel,Påhlman, Johan.

    From Nastya: I sympathize with IKEA, the company doesn’t carry from the date of opening the first shop in Russia. Swedish people were not adapted to that corruptiion in our country is already rate and a so-called kind of mutual aid each other (“you support me financially, and I will make for you all possible”), and gave up. The dismissal of Gross and Kaufmana seems to me strange, they are just a victim of corruption, what it still remained to do, when they bore such big loss due to impossibility to open the new stores and to accept buyers?

    From Arina: The conflict of IKEA in Russia in February, 2010 has been illustrated practically in all Russian mass-media. Having studied a material, I want to notice that in the majority of information sources Swedes were justified as victims of corruption activity in Russia. I can’t disagree with Nastya that the IKEA has really appeared driven into a corner and consequently couldn’t act differently. On the other hand the company to be exact its managers have broken the rigid principles thereby have struck blow to IKEA’s reputation. Crisis has certainly played the role in this situation. Otherwise there would be no such financial pressure from Russian bureaucracy.
    I do not want to protect any party, both are guilty, and crisis is guilty to).
    What did Swedish mass-media tell about this situation? And if you were the IKEA’s managers how would you act?
    Please, tell some words about corruption in your country if it has a place there.
    Look forward to your comments.

  2. Gruppsexikea says:

    Swedes attitudes towards IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad and Russia.

    In many Swedes minds IKEA and its founder Mr.Kamprad are inseparable. Swedish citizens do generally speaking admire Mr.Kamprad for his success, especially since it is easy for average persons in Sweden to identify with him. As I suspect, you already know, Mr.Ingvar Kamprad is one of the richest persons alive today. He and his family’s assets are estimated to be worth at least 100 000 000 000 SEK (Swedish currency) or 11,331,098,730.93 EURO. Swedish people in general are well aware of the extent of Mr.Kamprads fortune. Because of this awareness IKEA’s losses in Russia are not regarded as a serious financial blow to IKEA and its founder. However many people in Sweden sympathise with Mr.Kamprads issues in Russia as he is regarded as a fairly honest and hard working man. In Sweden there is wide spread and fairly big confidence in the legal system and the public institutions. Many Swedes asks why the “bad guys” are not arrested and jailed because of their despicable conduct and disregard for fairness and international law. In Sweden a similar series of events would result in serious legal consequences for the people involved.

    Sweden as well as its neighbouring countries has since the end of world war two been suspicious towards the super power in the east and its intentions in the event of a war. Ideologically Sweden has had more in common with the counterparts of the Soviet union/ Russian empire. The Swedish population is also constantly reminded by international and Swedish media of the corrupt legal system and the lack of credibility that Russian authorities such as the police struggle with. A quite severe blow to the credibility of the Russian political system was issued at the time of the assassination of the famous Russian journalist Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya. This was portrayed as a severe crime against democracy and freedom of speech in Swedish media. Another incident that has damaged the credibility of the Russian federation amongst Swedish people is the gas crisis during the winter of 2009. The fact that the gas supply was cut off in the middle of a very cold winter was widely regarded as unsympathetic and immoral conduct towards other countries depending on the pipeline besides Ukraine.

    In many ways the Swedish people regard Russia to be both geographically and politically distant and different from themselves. It is likely that this is consequence of the Soviet time when it was difficult to visit and experience Russia first hand. Swedish people like warm weather so they might often not prefer to visit Russia compared to regions with a warmer climate. In Sweden people rarely take the more distant parts of Russia in to account when they think or speak of Russia, main focus is always on Moscow and the urban parts of western Russia.

  3. Gruppsexikea says:

    Meeting between the Swedish prime minister and the Russian president Dimitrij Medvedev.

    I have looked in to the meeting between the Swedish prime minister and the Russian president
    Dimitrij Medvedev. The Swedish prime minister talks to the Russian president about The IKEA
    bribes. On March 9, 2010. The Swedish prime minister went to Russia mainly to improve the trade
    agreements between the two countries. The goal of the trip was to gain trust from the Swedish side,
    and inform that we are not a country who wants to make business in Russia outside it´s laws. We
    want to have a good relationship, within the Russian laws and to talk about how the two countries
    can work together, in tourism and environment issues.

    This is what I found in the Swedish newspaper. I will search more during the weekend and will get
    back to you with more info on Monday. Have a nice weekend.

  4. Gruppsexikea says:

    A well known opinion about Swedish people is that we are shy. In Sweden shyness is generally seen
    as something good and we also tend to see shy people as reflective and willing to listen to others.
    Swedes also avoid situations where they probably will strongly disagree with other people as well as
    they in general don´t want to be part of conversations involving strong emotions. But most of all we
    want to see ourselves as honest. (But remember to look at all this as what it really is: a stereotype
    of Swedes.) Even if we think of Swedes as honest we would probably lie to avoid certain kind of
    problems. But we would not take bribes. That is something actually most Swedish people strongly
    condemn, and we don´t want to have that kind of business culture. This is one of the reasons the
    IKEA scandal in Russia grew so big in Swedish media. We want to see IKEA as something good, pure
    and as a symbol of successful and honest Swedish business.

  5. Gruppsexikea says:

    We believe that Ikea didn´t have the patience or the knowledge to start up Ikea in Russia in a correct way. And the company underestimated the corruption at rate, maybe because of that it all went wrong.

  6. Gruppsexikea says:

    Hello again
    We´ll post the questions on the ccr-blog for some easy reading.

    1 How did the russian news-media respond on the Ikeas bribescandal
    2 Did they mention Fredrik Reinfeldt (our prime minister)
    3 Was there any connection between ikeas business and our prime minister in any news media?

  7. Gruppsexikea says:

    Hi Guys of group 6!

    We can’t seem to find the replies to our questions here above on the ccr blog. is it common for russians while on the subject of questions about russian culture here comes more of them.

    Is it usual for corrupt russian businessmen to be prosecuted for corruption? Have it happened during recent year?

    Was the news flow during febuari 2010 about Ikea corruption scandal portrayed differently in russian spoken media compared to the english speaking media like moscow times, st petersburg times vs trud and http://www.dp.ru and RIA Novosti.

    Ikea was not portrayed as a criminal and corrupted corporation as a whole but what about per kaufmann and stefan gross? how were they portayed?

    /regard Joel / Johan group 6

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