Russia

AliExpress to open office in Russia

Major cross-border e-commerce platform AliExpress is in the process of opening a representative office in Russia, following several years of surging sales to the country. Part of China’s Alibaba, the b-to-c platform became the most-visited e-commerce site in Russia in 2014, overtaking fellow cross-border rival EBay. Its cheap offerings and online marketing campaigns (including an app and...

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HeadHunter sale officially off

The much-hyped sale of Russian online recruitment classifieds leader HeadHunter.ru is officially off, with parent company Mail.Ru Group notifying investors. Last November the Russian Internet giant Mail.Ru Group agreed to sell the recruitment platform to Russian private investment fund Elbrus Capital for $162 million U.S.. The deal was set to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. Insider...

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Russia’s Avito limits free real estate listings

In April, Russia’s leading general classifieds platform Avito introduced a limit on the number of free listings a user may make in the real estate segment. The primary aim of the move is to limit free listings by those that rent several rooms in their apartments individually, as these are considered to be professional agents.  Now, if an owner decides to sub-let individual rooms, the...

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Afisha head leaves to join IRR.ru

Pronto-Media, the holding company of regional classifieds major Trader Media East (TME), has successfully recruited Danila Nikolaev from Russian media major Rambler & Co. The new hire is expected to play a major role in the general online classifieds platform IRR.ru. At Rambler & Co, Nikolaev was head of Afisha, a major online and print guide that reviews the best food and drink, events,...

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Russia’s Pronto-Media shuts down print IRR title

Pronto-Media, a leading Russian publishing company owned by regional classifieds major Trader Media East (TME), has called time on the print version of its general classifieds brand IzRukVRuki (IRR). The company cited the loss-making status of the publication as the primary reason for its closure. The IRR newspaper was launched in 1992 and was the foundation upon which the online version (IRR.ru)...

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Yandex launches jobs aggregator app

Russia’s Internet search giant Yandex is moving ever deeper into online classifieds. The latest move was made early in March, when Yandex launched a mobile app version of its Yandex.Rabota (Jobs) jobs aggregator. The app is not just a mobile-friendly version of its parent site, but a more streamlined service that focuses on job applications without resumes. With the app, job-seekers can...

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