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Franchising as a business model only came to Russia in the early 1990s, when the first foreign franchises were primarily American and Italian restaurant chains. The Russian Civil Code, specifically in Chapter 54, formally adopted franchise legislation in 1994 where franchising is defined as a “commercial concession.” Since then, the number of franchise operations has steadily grown. While foreign franchises dominated the market for the first decade, a number of Russian retailers, restaurant and drugstore chains began to expand using the franchise model.  Most franchisers choose to establish partnerships with franchisees in Moscow or St. Petersburg; however, there are several other cities with million-plus populations, which can provide excellent opportunities for expansion.

Country Demographics

Total Population 143.53 Million
GDP per Capita $14,037 USD
% GDP on Healthcare 6.2
Hospital Beds per 1000 People 9.7

65+ Population by Year

  • 2013

    18.47 Million
    13% of Population

  • 2025

    25.27 Million
    18% of Population

  • 2050

    33.36 Million
    26% of Population