CEE banking: En garde! Swords, salo and schnitzel
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CEE banking: En garde! Swords, salo and schnitzel

Raiffeisen reveals the lighter side of banking in Belarus.

Raiffeisen’s head of risk in Minsk has some unusual weapons at his disposal

What do you give the risk manager who has everything? According to senior executives at leading Belarusian lender Priorbank, the answer is apparently a pair of swords.

The lucky recipient of the weapons – which now occupy pride of place on the wall of his office in Minsk – was Bernd Rozenberg, board member and head of risk at the Raiffeisen subsidiary. “The swords are symbolic,” he says. “I protect the bank from risks.”

Rozenberg’s office also contains a copy of A Brief History of Time, along with an array of dictionaries. The Austrian native can manage financial reports in Russian but struggles with fiction. “Some years ago, I read Harry Potter in Russian with my children,” he says. “It was very complicated.”


These intimate details are revealed by Raiffeisen’s Discover CEE blog, which publishes regular updates on life and finance in emerging Europe.

Last month [December] the site turned the spotlight on Belarus. Alongside a slew of articles on macroeconomics, Belarusian-Chinese relations and a recent fintech hackathon in Minsk, the editors struck a lighter note with coverage of local life and culture.

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