N asked if there is an equivalent of Shark Tank in Russia.
The answer is that no, there can’t be anything like that. If the Russian equivalent of Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary* saw a small business they liked, they’d simply take it and the owner would have to be grateful to stay in one piece.
This is why nobody starts businesses in Russia. It’s an oligopoly where everything belongs to the oligarchs in some form. And the drug addiction rates among young people are insane because there’s nothing else to do.
* There can’t be a Russian Lori Grenier, of course, because she is a woman.