According to the 2010 census, there were almost twice as many Armenians in Russia than Azerbaijanis: 1.18 million and 603 thousand, respectively. But experts note that the Azerbaijani diaspora is much more involved in big business: trade, oil and gas. For example, one of the richest residents of the Russian Federation, Vagita Alekperova (15.2 billion dollars), September 1 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev awarded the Order of Friendship. Araz Agalarov (1.7 billion dollars) - the owner of the Crocus group, which owns the country's largest trade and exhibition center, is engaged in development and "construction of the century." His son Emin was married to Aliyev's daughter. Another billionaire from Baku is an investor Farhad Akhmedov, whose finances are invested in Gazprom, Norilsk Nickel, Sberbank and LUKOIL.
The Armenian diaspora is traditionally engaged in construction, financial business and partly trade. Experts single out the founder of "Magnit" here Sergei Galitsky and Samvel Karapetyan - the founder of the Tashir group of companies. And also brothers Nikolai and Sergei Sarkisov, owners of the insurance giant RESO. Nevertheless, the total capital of this conventionally Armenian lobby is three times less than the Azerbaijani one.