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World Economic Forum 2014: Overheard in Davos

By Bloomberg Briefs - 2014-01-22T18:19:25Z

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

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Vladimir Evtushenkov

Vladimir Evtushenkov, the founder and largest shareholder of Moscow-based investment company AFK Sistema, said he wasn’t sure if stocks would rise this year.

The 65-year-old, whose publicly traded company maintains interests in Mobile Tele-Systems and Bashneft, an oil production and refining company, said the biggest risk to the world’s economy are anti-global attitudes.

“The opponents of globalization are becoming stronger,’’ he said. “In many countries, we see the growth of nationalist sentiments, which causes serious damage to the sustainable development of the whole world’s economy.’’

Left: Vladimir Evtushenkov at the 2007 World Economic Forum in Davos.

For full Davos 2014 coverage -- stories, photos and videos -- click here.