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    1. October 16, 2014

      FT-BC Index: US companies miss top slots

      A striking feature of the FT-Bowen Craggs Index is that the top performers are almost all European. The highest-ranked US...

    2. October 15, 2014

      Sanctions noose begins to tighten on sanguine Russia

      For the Russian banking sector, these are the most nervous times since the global financial crisis six years ago. Half a...

    Special Reports

    1. Central & eastern Europe: Banking and Finance 2013

      The shadows that gathered last year have started to recede. The banking sector has sho...
    2. Investing in Russia 2012

      It is becoming clear that the flirtation with political reform under Dmitry Medvedev w...
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    1. July 29, 2014

      Russian state banks and corporate sector likely to suffer

      As the EU moves forward with sectoral sanctions targeting Russian state-controlled lenders, the results could be...

    2. June 29, 2014

      Russian bond issuance sparks optimism

      The successful launch of euro-denominated bonds by two Russian banks has fuelled hopes that an easing of tensions in Ukraine...

    3. June 27, 2014

      Investment focus: Russia

      Moscow feels chill of sanctions threat It may have been a mild winter by Russian standards, but it has been a chilling few...

    4. FT Alphaville

      June 24, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      Camp Alphaville reminder: Eight days to go (Details here) Markets: Japanese stocks dropped following indications the Bank of...

    5. June 23, 2014

      Sberbank in €1bn issuance as tensions ease

      Russia’s largest lender has returned to global bond markets for the first time since the country’s confrontation with...

    6. May 23, 2014

      Russia’s version of Davos serves up opulence and unease

      As they arrived at the Peterhof Palace on Thursday night, guests were greeted by the sounds of Handel’s Water Music and...

    7. April 22, 2014

      Russian bank launches post-Crimea bond

      A Russian bank in the oil-rich region of Tatarstan has become the country’s first lender to issue a dollar-denominated bond...

    8. March 27, 2014

      Sberbank subsidiary in fund-raising deal

      The Austrian subsidiary of Sberbank, the state-owned Russian bank, has shrugged off the escalation in global political...

    9. March 24, 2014

      Jean-Laurent Bonnafé brings scientific approach to BNP Paribas

      French banks love a good engineer. Their training in mathematics and science makes them well suited to the complexities of...

    10. March 4, 2014

      Western banks count cost of Ukraine crisis

      Western banks are counting the cost of a worsening crisis in Ukraine and potential sanctions against Russia, countries where...

    11. March 2, 2014

      Raiffeisen hopeful on Ukraine bank sale despite economic crisis

      It is hardly the best time to be selling a Ukrainian bank. But that is exactly what Raiffeisen Bank International is trying...

    12. beyondbrics

      February 14, 2014

      Credit Bank of Moscow looks to IPO in London

      By Ben Aris of bne in Moscow Unless you live in Moscow and are in the retail business, you probably haven’t heard of...

    13. December 31, 2013

      Oleg Korzhov to take over at Mechel following Mikhel resignation

      Mechel has replaced its chief executive as the heavily leveraged Russian steel and coking coal producer looks to tackle its...

    14. beyondbrics

      November 24, 2013

      The week ahead: Nov 25-30

      The week ahead in emerging markets: Putin visits the Pope and the EU eastern partnership summit in Lithuania: Georgia and...

    15. November 12, 2013

      Sberbank chief calls for reform as Russian GDP disappoints

      The head of Russia’s largest bank has called for a new round of decisive reforms to reinvigorate the country’s private...

    16. October 7, 2013

      VTB sells 10% stake in SocGen’s Rosbank

      VTB, Russia’s second-biggest bank, has confirmed that it will sell its entire 10 per cent stake in the Russian unit of...

    17. September 24, 2013

      SocGen on the lookout for a partner in eastern Europe

      Société Générale is looking for a partner in eastern Europe to accelerate its penetration of the region and to support the...

    18. September 24, 2013

      SocGen looks east to seal transformation

      Société Générale has had a rocky time in eastern Europe. Operations in recession-hit Romania have struggled to turn a profit...

    19. beyondbrics

      September 23, 2013

      Potash row: Belaruskali needs a lifeline

      Belaruskali, Belarus’s state-owned potash miner, has been badly hit by its nearly two-month-long dispute with Uralkali, its...

    20. August 22, 2013

      Russia relatively calm amid emerging market turmoil

      India and Turkey have seen steep falls in their currency over recent weeks, amid turmoil in the emerging markets, but the...

    21. August 1, 2013

      Olympics: Before the gold rush

      Five years ago, Sergei Bachin did not even know how to ski. It was not that he simply had never bothered or had tried and...

    22. July 2, 2013

      VTB: Growing pains

      Growing pains, or something more serious? VTB, Russia’s second-largest bank by assets, is preparing itself for difficulties...

    23. beyondbrics

      June 25, 2013

      Russia's WTO entry: one year on, business is disappointed

      Painful as the WTO? By Ben Aris of bne It took Russia 18 years to get into the World Trade Organisation, but as the first...

    24. June 17, 2013

      In search of the clever country

      As deputy chief of staff to three Russian presidents from 1999-2011, Vladislav Surkov worked for more than a decade to...

    25. beyondbrics

      June 14, 2013

      Russian SOEs: show us the divvy!

      Russia’s finances are being squeezed by a contraction in economic growth and faltering oil prices. So what better time for...

    26. beyondbrics

      June 4, 2013

      Belarus's unlikely hotel boom

      It is no secret that many multinational companies avoid Belarus because of the unfavourable reputation of the country’s...

    27. May 31, 2013

      Sergei Guriev re-elected to Sberbank board

      Sergei Guriev, a liberal economist who fled Russia after being interrogated by police in April, was re-elected to the...

    28. beyondbrics

      May 31, 2013

      Guriev wins Sberbank AGM vote

      By Ben Aris of bne There was high drama at Sberbank‘s AGM on Friday when celebrity economist Sergei Guriev was voted back on...

    29. May 30, 2013

      Guriev’s flight

      Vladimir Putin can no longer claim to be maintaining even the appearance of democratic government as he conducts a campaign...

    30. May 29, 2013

      Prominent economist flees Russia

      A prominent economist has stood down from a number of his posts and left Russia after being interviewed by police...

    31. May 27, 2013

      Suleiman Kerimov’s motives eyed in ENRC deal

      The struggle over a buyout of minority investors by the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation has focused attention on the...

    32. May 14, 2013

      Rusal increases profits amid falling aluminium prices

      Oleg Deripaska’s Rusal on Tuesday reported a better than expected net profit of $52m, yet concerns remain about the...

    33. May 9, 2013

      Central and eastern Europe to outpace west as lenders think local

      The shadows that gathered last year over central and eastern Europe (CEE) have, little by little, started to recede. This...

    34. May 9, 2013

      Russia: State duopoly maintains its grip

      With two big state-owned players, Sberbank and VTB, dominating the Russian banking market with 60-70 per cent of deposits,...

    35. May 8, 2013

      Russia reforms fail to win over investors

      For the past four years, the Kremlin has been pouring time and money into turning Moscow into an international financial...

    36. April 11, 2013

      Citigroup to sell Turkish consumer business

      Citigroup has agreed to sell its Turkish consumer business to DenizBank, the Russian-owned lender, the banks announced on...

    37. beyondbrics

      April 5, 2013

      Sberbank spreads its wings with Boeing leasing deal

      Sberbank is moving from finance to operations in Russia’s booming air travel market. The bank has placed an order with US...

    38. March 19, 2013

      Russian business deals on hold

      Billions of dollars in Russian business transactions via Cyprus are on hold because of the shutdown of the country’s...

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