A walk through Moscow reveals the threats to Western companies of Iran-style sanctions on Russia: Renault cars fill the streets, Zara and Louis Vuitton shops pull in consumers and Carlsberg A/S brews the beer of choice.
OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s largest mining company, may be the least affected among its peers by the Ukraine crisis because of its dominant position in global nickel and palladium supplies and financial strength.
United Co. Rusal, the largest aluminum producer, said new rules on warehousing threaten to worsen a supply shortfall, helping drive up the premiums buyers pay for swift delivery to 50 percent of the market price.
The Sochi Winter Games pushed the extremes, introducing new sports and new names -- such as teenagers Mikaela Shiffrin and Adelina Sotnikova -- as older athletes made room for soaring and tumbling youngsters.
Amanda Bird, the American bobsled and skeleton spokeswoman, may be unable to adopt a puppy from a dog shelter in Sochi because of difficulties in getting the animal back to the U.S. from the Winter Olympics host city.