Is it difficult for a foreigner to start a business in Russia?

Not at all. And at the same time, yes! There are common challenges for foreigners in starting a business in any country, not just in Russia. In respect of Russia, the main, common challenges are i) the formalities of business registration and ii) language.  Of course it takes drive and energy, and a sound business idea, but all the challenges can be overcome. The RR is available to assist in this, helping to identify and reduce risks and obstacles, and to help mitigate these. mitigate any burdensome issues along the way.