Episode 591: War? What War?

Anton Kharytonov runs a chain of restaurants in Ukraine called "The Loft." He is looking for Western investment to expand his business. (Andy Ignatov for NPR)

Last month, a bunch of Ukrainian business owners flew to New York to try to convince a bunch of New York portfolio managers and private equity funds to invest in Ukraine. There are lots of reasons that it is crazy to hold an "Invest in Ukraine" conference right now, while a war is going on. But "Invest in Ukraine" isn't just the title of the conference, in many ways it is what the whole year of crisis has been about.

Today on the show, the revolution in Ukraine was supposed to make the country a better place for Western investment, but it ended up sparking a war that is scaring that investment away.

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