Another Russian Shortage: Loans For The Little Guy

When Andrei Yanshevsky wasn't busy heading a high-tech materials institute in the 1980s, he was gaining recognition as a Russian sports fisherman. So, when the country turned capitalist, Yanshevsky decided to give his passion a whirl and set up a company in Moscow to make fishing rods from lightweight composites. Then came the snag: He couldn't get a bank loan for the startup. Says Yanshevsky: "It was horrible. Banker after banker showed us the door."

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