Russia is among the countries with the lowest share of optimists among businessmen

The share of Russian business leaders who are optimistic about the prospects for the domestic economy has grown to 28% compared to previous pandemic indicators, but it remains one of the lowest in the world, RBC reports with reference to a study by Grant Thornton. Russia ranks second to last in terms of business optimism, between Japan (17%) and Argentina (30%).

The survey among the leaders of 121 Russian companies was conducted in May-June 2021. Six months ago, the share of optimistic managers was 21%, six months ago – 17%.

30% of CEOs said they were pessimistic for the coming year. Russia ranks 6th in this indicator, after Japan (60%), South Africa (42%), Argentina (41%), South Korea (40%) and Nigeria (35%). Director of the Institute for Strategic Analysis FBK Grant Thornton Igor Nikolaev explains the statistics by the fact that in Russia “the lack of optimism in the answers does not mean that it really does not exist.”

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